Various Society bylaws amendments occurred last year directly affecting collegiate members (see governance.swe.org for more information about these changes). One specific result of these changes was that all region positions were dissolved; therefore, several region-based leadership opportunities that were designated for collegiate members went away as well. Many leadership positions open to both professionals and collegiates at the Society level remain, though collegiate member participation in these opportunities is low.
As part of the SWE Senate’s work this year, the strategic initiatives sub-team was tasked to determine and identify any barriers for collegiate leadership engagement at the Society level. Leadership engagement at the Society level includes and is not limited to membership or leadership in Committees, Task Forces, Senate and Board of Directors.
One of the avenues is conducting this research through anonymous surveys. All SWE members received an email on Thursday, January 3 with a survey link. The deadline to submit is Friday, January 25 at 5:00pm EST. Anticipated completion time is approximately 15 minutes.
Collegiate members are being asked about various experiences, thoughts and opinions on this topic. Additionally, professional members who have worked with SWE collegiate members from an informal [ex. mentoring] to a formal experience [ex. leadership committee coach] are being asked for feedback on this topic.
We greatly appreciate both the collegiate and professional member perspective and taking their time to provide input.
For more information, please contact Strategic Initiatives Lead.