Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
SWE Sisters is a new mentoring program being developed by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Student Organization at Texas State University. Our mission is to empower women to achieve full potential in academics and careers as engineers by demonstrating the value of diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, Texas State SWE Sisters will recruit and retain women in engineering by creating a sense of belonging and building confidence in STEM.
Our SWE Sister’s philosophy is built upon the belief that mentoring bridges many chasms:
- high school to university
- Community college to university
- Nondiverse to Inclusive (cultural and non-traditional)
- Male dominant to gender equality
- Freshman/sophomore to junior/senior
By establishing near peer mentoring within and between the Texas State University SWE chapter and local high schools and local community colleges, SWE Sisters will improve the recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM. This goal is in support of the National SWE Strategic Objective 3.2: Expand SWE’s sphere of influence to create and promote opportunities to engage more females in the engineering and technology pipeline. It is also in alignment with Texas State University’s College of Science and Engineering mission to prepare students for careers in STEM.
SWE Annual Conference
The SWE Annual Conference is the world’s largest conference and career fair for women engineers and technologists. Some of the largest engineering and technology organizations exhibit to find qualified collegians and professionals, who have the opportunity to meet recruiters, hiring managers and interview for positions directly onsite.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a large need for engineers and computer-related employees over the next 10 years due to job growth and replacement of those retiring. To meet this demand for new engineers and computer/information scientists, it is essential to foster these professions among underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.