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What is SWE?
"The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to suceed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders." - From SWE.org.
SWE's motto is "Aspire. Advance. Achieve." To see what SWE at RWU is doing to live up to this motto, see the Our Chapter section below!
What is the SWE National Conference?
The SWE national conference is a way for employers and SWE chapters nationwide to connect and network. There are various workshops, sessions, and speakers who aim to empower all the women of SWE. It is an incredible experience for collegiate members to interact with members at other schools, as well as search for internships at the career fair. According to swe.org, "Throughout the conference participants will experience numerous career-shaping opportunities, as well as draw from the energy of SWE's strong past and promising future to launch innovation and define success." Most girls attend this conference with the hope of receiving job offers, but they gain so much more simply from attending the conference at all.
What region is SWE at RWU involved in?
SWE at RWU is part of Region F in SWE National. A link to our region's website is available on our Links page. We meet with our region at the very least once a year at the SWE national conference, however, we maintain contact throughout the year and fill out section report forms in order to keep Region F updated on our growth and goals. We are part of the SWE-NESS (New England Shorline Section) subset of Region F, and our SWE contact is Kim Cipolla. Kim can be reached by emailing RWU@sweness.org
How does SWE at RWU aim to "Aspire, Advance, Acheive"?
What activities does SWE do on campus?
We have multiple pancake breakfasts in a semester in order to raise funds. We also host movie nights and plan to have more fun craft nights as a way to bond as a club. Currently, SWE is focusing on hosting club-centric activities in order to achieve our goal of sending more than four girls on the conference. We do hope to expand in the future to host campus-wide activities. If you have any ideas, feel free to contact us. For a more complete list, see our Events page under About SWE at RWU.
Why should I join SWE at RWU?
SWE at RWU is a great opportunity for females involved in the engineering disciplines. Not only will you learn about being an engineering student and future career opportunities, but you will also create lifelong bonds and gain networking contacts. Many of the girls in SWE are great friends; we help each other with homework and hang out together on weekends. Important to note is that SWE is not a huge time commitment!! We usually meet every other week, and only for a half an hour at a time. Also, if we do not have any business to discuss, we will not hold an unnecessary meeting - we know how busy you are!