WE Locals at Providence and Prague: Why should you attend?

WE local conferences are happening right now. Have a look on what WE Locals at Providence and Prague offer to you! WE Locals are designed with many session tracks and events that are geared to the Graduate Students. Here are some of the session highlights you can expect:

Session highlights of WE Local at Providence:

  • What is an academic career?
  • Finance Savvy: You and Your SWE Section
  • She’s on FIRE: A Woman’s Perspective on Financial Independence
  • Career Fair Readiness: How do you prepare?
  • Bridging the gap: Understanding the Multigenerational Workforce
  • Finding a Research Position as a Student
  • Finding and Creating Leadership Opportunities to Get Ahead in Your Career
  • Opportunities for Engineers to Help Solve the Government’s Toughest Challenges
  • HeForSWE: Advocating with Our Male Allies
  • Salary Negotiations: Because You’re Worth It!
  • Introduction to Adulting: Financial Tips
  • Think Out of the Box: Careers Your Engineering Degree Can Take You
  • Government vs. Industry – Engineering the Right Career
  • Does this company make my butt look big?
  • WE Local Symposium (at no additional cost) for the graduate students. More info can be found online: http://alltogether.swe.org/2018/04/attend-we-local-symposium-providence/.

Session highlights of WE Local at Prague:

  • My SWE Journey from a College Student to a Scholar in Academia: How I Implemented My SWE Experience into My Life as an Academic
  • Thriving in an Emerging Industry
  • Everyone can be a STEM Ambassador
  • Presenting Technical Content with Confidence
  • Working towards Inclusive STEM: Solving the Engineering Talent Dilemma
  • Bridging the Culture Gap

Last, but not the least, you will get the opportunity to meet with potential employers and connect with peers while building your skills through professional development workshops.

Registrations are open now. Don’t miss out — register for the WE Local today!

WE Local Providence
April 20-22, 2018, Register Before Friday, April 13

WE Local Prague
May 16-18, 2018, Registration: First Come, First Served.


Be a Part of WE18! Proposal Deadline March 9th.

Represent the Graduate Community at WE18, SWE’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 18-20, 2018. More than 250 sessions will be selected. The theme for WE18 is “Let’s Break Boundaries.” For three days, thousands of women in engineering and technology will connect with one another and celebrate how they are breaking boundaries every day. They’re crashing through barriers: graduating from engineering schools around the globe, working at top engineering firms, and innovating solutions to the world’s biggest challenges!
If you enjoyed participating in the Graduate Community sessions at WE17 or have ideas on how to improve the grad sessions for WE18 please let us know by emailing gradsweprogramming@gmail.com!
Do you have a session ready to go or just an idea for a session that you want feedback on? Fill out this form by February 26th with as much (or as little) information as you can to get feedback from GradSWE!
Don’t have an idea but want to get involved? We have possible topics you can develop into your own talk! Email us if you are interested in using one of the following or want other suggestions.
  • Challenges of grad school-Personal anecdote
  • Maintaining mental health
  • Task management
  • Conflict resolution with collaborations
  • Mentoring underclassman/undergrads
  • How to give a chalk talk
  • Networking at conferences
  • Grant writing
  • Negotiating
  • CV, cover letter, teaching statement review
Submit your final session proposal for WE18, SWE’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 18-20, 2018 here! The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 9.

If you have any questions, contact our new Graduate Programming email address at GradSWEProgramming@gmail.com.

Present a We18: Join our planning call

Present at WE18! Call for Proposal is Open!

Save the date for our WE18 grad programming kickoff meeting, February 8, 9 pm ET.

If you enjoyed participating in the Graduate Community sessions at WE17 or have ideas on how to improve the grad sessions for WE18, we invite you to dial into our community-wide teleconference! This call is to brainstorm and plan ideas for grad-focused sessions at WE18. You could be part of leading a session! The call will be hosted by Megan Beck (Graduate Programming Coordinator) and Mujan Seif (Graduate Programming Coordinator-Elect).

Who: You, yes

Date: Thursday, February 8

Time: 9:00 pm Eastern (8:00 Central, 7:00 Mountain, 6:00 Pacific)

Phone Number: 605-472-5492
Access Code: 689159

Agenda: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1urk75uJPGlCLHKEkAQAffnF4KWWzgatg_n6oUX7e2pg/edit

Session Idea Formhttps://goo.gl/forms/PBCCz1w28v1ZqYEP2 (please submit prior to the meeting on Feb 8)

Submit your final session proposal for WE18, SWE’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 18-20, 2018 here! The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 9.

If you have any questions, contact our new Graduate Programming email address at GradSWEProgramming@gmail.com.

Call for Graduate Programming Coordinator-Elect


Apply to be GPC-elect. Applications due Dec 31.

Are you excited about the growing number of opportunities for graduate students in SWE? Did you attend WE17 or a past conference and were inspired to be a leader in the GradSWE community?

The GPC-elect works alongside the GPC to organize the graduate student focused events at the annual conference. Learn more about the graduate leadership team here. Through the GPC-elect role, you get to work with a wonderful team of leaders to help shape sessions impacting the SWE graduate community. Additionally, there are numerous networking opportunities accompanying this role where you can create long-lasting connections. For this role, you would serve as GPC-elect for WE18 and GPC for WE19 (attendance is required at both conferences). This position runs from January 2018 to December 2019.

Applications are due Sunday, December 31 at 11:59 PM PT. Application here. For question, contact past-GPC Emily Hoffman at emilyhoffman18@gmail.com.

WE17 – Record Numbers!

This year at WE17 we had a record number of attendees.  Please check out a blog post by one of our GradSWE members, Josa Hanzlik. She explores the increase of male attendees at WE17.

Also, please feel free to reach out to us with your thoughts about the conference!

#We17 is here – join us whether you’re in Austin or on your couch!

The annual conference is this week in Austin, Texas. We are so excited for all the of great programming this year has to offer. See our line up of sessions, including the Graduate Reception and the Rapid Fire competition.

If you can’t be in Austin, it doesn’t mean #We17 is out of your reach. Interact with us on social media at our facebook or twitter as we post updates.

Annual conference is a time to be inspired by your colleagues and mentors, and to learn a lot. Be sure to read about the Keynote Speakers and watch the promo videos featuring your fellow SWE members!

Inclusion-Focused Sessions at WE17

Since the conference is in a little over two weeks, I’m going to take this blog post as an opportunity to highlight some of the conference events that are particularly focused on diversity and inclusion.

Before that, I want to highly encourage anyone attending the conference to check out the many events that the Affinity Groups have planned! These include roundtable discussions, socials, and sessions on issues of particular interest to their group. On Thursday, there’s even a “SWE Affinity Groups Workshop” (10:15 – 11:30 am) where you can learn all about these groups and how to get involved.

Thursday, October 26

“Getting the Diverse Mix to Work Well Together: Lessons Learned on Inclusion Techniques” (2 – 3 pm) – This workshop promise to share best practices on creating an inclusive culture and provide attendees with practical actions to employ right away. If you are looking to foster a more inclusive culture in your lab or university more broadly, this talk seems like a great place to start!

“Real Actions to Overcome Unconscious Biases and Become a More Inclusive Leader” (4:30 – 5:30 pm)—All of us have unconscious biases; what is important is how we act on them. This workshop will teach attendees both how to respond when they are the subject of unconscious bias, as well as how to overcome their own personal biases. Through addressing both of these, attendees will be better able to foster an inclusive culture when they return to their labs or offices. If you are looking for another similar talk, check out “Are you Counted or Do you Count?” on Saturday (10 – 11 am).

“Inclusion Today – LGBTQ and Allies News and Tools for Campus and the Workplace” (10:15 – 11:30 am) – Come to this session to learn about some of the challenges facing LGBTQ individuals, as well as what can be done to support LGBTQ people. This workshop promises time for the attendees to practice some first steps to help realize a more inclusive culture.

Friday, October 27

“TECHing While Woman and with Disability” (10 – 11:15 am) – This panel will explore the challenges of being a woman in STEM and having a debilitating condition. With representatives from academia and industry this panel will explore an important, but often overlooked, facet of diversity.

“Breaking down Stigmas and Building Awareness: Mental Health” (1:30 – 2:30 pm) – Attendees will be provided with practical tools to help themselves and those around them be successful, despite a mental illness. By helping breakdown the barriers around mental health, we can help people get help earlier and build more inclusive communities.

“Advocating for Inclusion – A Male’s Perspective” (4 – 5 pm) – Whether you are a man seeking suggestions of how to better promote inclusion of women in your organization or a woman wondering about how best to engage men on diversity issues, this promises to be an informative panel. Men will be able to learn from other men strategies that have worked and women can gain new strategies for best enabling their male allies.

“Courageous Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion” (4 – 5 pm) – If you are looking for a chance to practice the tough conversations necessary to create culture shifts in an organization, then this is the session for you. After giving participants and overview of inclusion strategies that work, there will be an opportunity to practice these strategies in a supportive environment.

Saturday, October 28

“Women of Color in Engineering: Challenges, Opportunities, and Factors to Enhance Inclusion and Retention” (1:30 – 2:30 pm) – Panelists will both share their personal experiences as a women of color in the US, as well as specific, evidence-based strategies that have been proven to increase inclusion and retention of more women of color in engineering.

“Switching Sides – My Professional Journey over the Rainbow” (10 – 11:15 am) – Using the personal story of the presenter in coming out, this session will teach attendees the power of being yourself in furthering your career and the success of their organization.

Still looking for more talks related to diversity and inclusion? Download the WE Events App or check out the WE17 Conference website here. There are even more events under the “Inclusion and Cultural Awareness” session type filter.

If you are attending the conference, hopefully, you’ll be able to take advantage of some of these sessions to gain new tips to foster a more inclusive culture in your lab or department!