As a strong advocate for gender diversity in STEM, SWE makes it a priority to support other organizations with similar missions. Recognizing that the Internet2 Gender Diversity Initiative has already made great strides for diversity, we've joined together to collaboratively launch SWE@Internet2. The program is designed to attract, develop and retain women in STEM and encourage them to pursue technical leadership roles.
The SWE@Internet2 program provides access to SWE member benefits to 200 women at participating Internet2 higher education member institutions. The program aligns with the Internet2 Gender Diversity Initiative, which seeks to improve gender diversity in the research and education IT and Internet2 communities.
"We are thrilled to partner with Internet2 to bring more women into the SWE network and provide them access to our many resources that help women in STEM succeed and advance in their careers as technical professionals and leaders in their organizations," said Karen Horting, executive director and CEO of SWE.
Through this program, Internet2 will provide SWE memberships for up to 200 individual professional women working in IT, science, math, engineering or related technology fields at higher education member institutions. A formal application process will be established and Internet2 member institutions will have an option to sign up additional SWE members to support the growth of their own gender diversity efforts on campus.
"While women comprise 57 percent of professional occupations in the U.S., they represent just 26 percent of the computing workforce and a mere six percent are corporate CIOs, said Florence Hudson, senior vice president and chief innovation officer at Internet2. "Via the SWE@Internet2 community and the larger Internet2 Gender Diversity Initiative, Internet2 is taking an active step to move the needle on gender diversity in STEM fields."