Over 10 years ago, SWE launched an initiative designed to foster inclusiveness and engage the diverse members of our organization – SWE Affinity Groups. Affinity Groups are growing and members are sharing and embracing a common element of diversity to work collaboratively and support each other.
There are five active Affinity Groups: African-American, Latinos, Native-American, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Questioning, and Global Women Engineers. The SWE Board of Directors also recently approved the establishment of three more Affinity Groups: Women in Government, Small Business and Entrepreneur. These teams are working to enhance and promote networking mechanisms to connect members.
Affinity Groups are a great way for members to share knowledge, concerns, and experiences with each other and allies. They increase understanding and commitment to the value of diversity and inclusion as an integral part of SWE culture.
SWE Affinity Group Leads want to hear from you and are open to your feedback. The Affinity Groups have created Facebook groups so that you can join, share information, and get connected. You can find these groups at: SWE African-American AG, SWE Latinos AG, SWE Native-American AG, SWE LGBTQ And Allies AG, SWE Global Women Engineers AG, SWE Women In Government AG, SWE Global Engineers AG, SWE Entrepreneurs AG and SWE Small Business AG. In addition to exclusive and private access to these groups as a SWE member, you can also use these hashtags on social media:
Please utilize these hashtags as you’re talking about SWE Affinity Group content on social media. SWE HQ will be able to track your conversations and interact accordingly. The best way to implement a hashtag is by using it regularly — we encourage using these hashtags as much as possible! You can use these hashtags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.