SWE Public Policy initiatives support the Society’s mission by engaging our members in policy issues that impact the advancement of women in engineering. Our goals are to provide SWE members with timely information and tools to enhance their understanding of the issues and encourage volunteer participation at the federal level. We also aim to educate other professional societies and policy makers on how to apply Title IX to STEM fields.
FY15 Public Policy Goals
SWE concentrates on the following three areas related to public policy:
Strengthening America’s schools as presented in SWE’s general position statement, "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and the Need for a Technologically Literate Workforce"
How Title IX can be applied to STEM fields as presented in SWE’s general position statement, "The Application of Title IX to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fields"
- Strengthen the STEM workforce by ensuring equal opportunity for women in STEM education and careers as stated in SWE's general position statement, "SWE General Position Statement on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action"
Strategic planning done by the SWE Board and the Government Relations and Public Policy (GRPP) Committee concluded that SWE will focus on the three areas mentioned above and that SWE will not unnecessarily duplicate public policy efforts of the existing organizations.
In Public Policy, SWE’s main goals are:
To educate SWE members about public policy happenings via monthly columns in the All Together Newsletter, articles in SWE Magazine and sessions at the Annual Conference.
To provide tools to participate in public policy.
To have SWE volunteers engaged in public policy at the federal level.
To educate other professional societies and policy makers on how Title IX can be applied to STEM fields.
FY15 priority is to lead the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and diversity communities to engage SWE members, other professional societies and policy makers on how Title IX can be applied to STEM fields.
The long term goal is to be the STEM gender equity power broker at the federal level.