As February rolls by, I was contemplating the acknowledgements of diverse scientist and engineers as this month also shines as Black History Month. In our engineering workplace environments, we may witness the lack of diversity as women and perhaps
more apparent for women of color. With this being said, I want to encourage you all to embrace diversity and each others uniqueness as that is imperative to solving the world’s most compelling engineering problems.
With the recent action-pack theatrical blockbuster Black Panther, we were exposed to a diverse world of unparalleled technological advances and intelligent women engineers. Even though this was a fictional story brought to life through film, this was enlightening to shimmer light on engineering inclusiveness.
Furthermore, SWE serves as an advocate for engineering inclusiveness with promoting diversity and inclusion in engineering globally which has been revealed in their connections in various organizations including World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). Engagement with these various organizations enables explorations of possible platforms for developing resources that would help employers to change corporate culture specifically with diversity concerns and ideally increase the retention of women working in the STEM fields.
You too can join in these initiatives with GradSWE by developing or inspiring sessions for WE18 and joining in the efforts of creating diversity and inclusion allies. Feel free to connect with our SWE’s affinity groups and/or reach our diversity and inclusion liaison at email@example.com with additional ideas or suggestions.
Be sure to check out this month’s SWE’s Black History Month Featured Story here and more recent content on SWE’s Diversity & Inclusion updates.