At SWE, we acknowledge and respect the value of a diverse community. We recognize that the scope of diversity includes race/ethnicity, religion, family status, age, physical abilities, sexual and affectional orientation, actual or perceived gender, gender identity and expression, socio-economic status, and occupational focus. Our society will maintain an environment that is supportive of these elements, and we will promote inclusion within our organization and the engineering community. As a result, SWE has created various resources to assist you in creating an inclusive environment.
Inclusion Solutions Products
Inclusion Solutions are training cards designed to create awareness and provide an easy introduction to many fundamental Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) topics.
The cards were created to assist with a potentially difficult conversation while supporting those conversations with research, data, and thought-provoking questions on important and relatable DEI topics. Each card has a focus area like Women in Leadership, Veterans for Innovation, and many more.
Each topic includes review questions on the front to help anchor the learner on the topic selected. Rich insights and examples are provided in the body of the card to include data that helps support the learning. The information and data coupled with the questions will serve as a starting place for either having a dialogue about your business or a particular situation, sharing a perspective on the general topic, creating a mentoring program by incorporating the DEI lens, using research and data points or simply embracing the content and growing in your DEI competency.
Understanding unconscious bias is a critical step in creating a fair and inclusive workspace. No matter how open-minded we might think we are, research has shown how easy it is for our conscious and unconscious biases to show up. To create an environment that encourages women to grow their skillsets and develop leadership relationships, we must identify, address, and manage bias in the workplace.
The Uncovering Bias Facilitator Guide and Participant Workbook were created as a tool to start conversations, and a means to manage bias.
Each product is sold separately and as a bundle. The Unconscious Bias bundle includes:
- (1) Uncovering Bias Facilitator Guide
- (10) Uncovering Bias Participant Workbooks
- (1) Inclusion Solutions US Card Deck.
Many organizations are often afraid to talk about race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. And we get it—without the right tools, approaching these topics can be clumsy, uncomfortable, and sometimes harmful to a team’s mentality and the work atmosphere.
The Facilitator Guide is intended to lead you through discussions with peers and coworkers to increase awareness of cultural differences (cultural competence) to accept and respect diverse mindsets and relationships (cultural proficiency). The Participant Workbook provides instructions and notes for each activity, space to take notes, and a personal connection to the developing cultural competence content.
Each product is sold separately, or you can purchase the Developing Cultural Competence bundle, which includes:
- (1) Facilitator Guide
- (10) Participant Workbooks
- (1) Inclusion Solutions US Card Deck
Are you located in Asia or India? SWE has adapted its Inclusion Solutions Card Deck to tackle issues prominent in Asian countries, such as spirituality and gender diversity, to provide global diversity and inclusion practitioners with inclusive practices.
SWE partnered with the global multidisciplinary engineering, design, and consulting firm Arup to present the Diversity and Inclusion Knowledge Flashcards for organizations looking for best practices designed to explore and engage employees to understand the value of diversity in the workplace. The thought-provoking cards give organizations a means to begin the meaningful change in their organizational structures by welcoming conversations about unconscious bias, promoting more perspectives at every level within organizations.
Knowledge Cards Activities
Below is an outline of the cards organized in five unique sections.
- The Industry – Who’s on your team?
- Women – Where are they?
- Asians & Pacific Islanders – Can a compliment be a stereotype?
- Underrepresented Minorities – Does under-representation mean discrimination?
- LGBT Individuals – Can you be yourself at work?
- The Athena Factor – Why do women leave engineering?
- Stereotype Threat – Whose expectations affect your performance?
- Double Bind – Would you rather be liked or seen as competent?
- Gender-Science Bias – Are women science-minded?
- Fight or Flight Moment – How much is too much?
- Race/Ethnicity Bias – What’s in a name?
- Gender-Based Bias – Does your skill matter?
- Age-Based Bias – Would you give them a chance?
- Ability-Based Bias – Do you see me?
- Ingroup Affinity Bias – Can you trust your intuition?
- Association Stigma Bias – Who do you sit next to?
- Project Implicit – Do you know your biases?
- Social Identify Theory – Who are your people?
- fMRI Brain Scans – Does your brain make decisions without you?
- Intention Implementation – Are your biases under control?
- Bias Awareness Training – Can you change?
- Best Practices
- Organizational Interventions – Can you lead the way?
- Recruiting – Where haven’t you looked?
- Talent Management – Whose future is worth your investment?
- Mentoring & Sponsorship – Who deserves your attention?
- Inclusive Environment – Does everyone feel like they belong?
SWE offers a narrated eLearning series, Diversity in Engineering Matters, developed to promote a culture that honors, respects, and includes various perspectives and voices to help promote a culture with diverse perspectives in the workplace. Each of the modules takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and cover topics which include:
- Importance of Diversity in the Workplace
- Confronting Gender Bias
- Managing Diverse Teams
- Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsorship
- Impacts of a Global Workplace