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. The current Affinity Groups are: African-American, Latinos, Native American, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer and Allies, Global Women Engineers, Women in Government, Small Business and Entrepreneur. These teams are working to enhance and promote networking mechanisms to connect members. These Affinity Groups are a great way for members to share knowledge, concerns, and experiences with each other and SWE partners and to provide feedback to SWE on making the networks a more powerful resource.
The SWE Affinity Groups are building community, providing professional development opportunities and empowering like-minded individuals. As the network of Affinity Groups grows, there are opportunities for SWE members from all over the world to join the community, voice their opinions, and advance the diversity initiatives within SWE. You may be interested in a leadership opportunity within an Affinity Group. Tell us what you would like to see the Affinity Group leadership focus on moving forward so that they are a meaningful resource to you. Let Claudia Galvan know…she is the Affinity Group Coordinator.
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 Small Business AG SWE Women in Government AG, SWE Entrepreneurs AG. Just request permission to join.
Additional information on the Affinity Groups can be found at SWE Member Benefits. If you are attending the upcoming WE17 conference in Austin, come learn more and participate in the conversation at the Affinity Group Workshop and Luncheon on Thursday, October 26th in the Austin Convention Center Ballroom G, from 10:15 AM-12:30 PM. We hope to see you there!