Society of Women Engineers

Diversity and Inclusion Products

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 a variety of resources to assist you in creating an inclusive environment.

Inclusion Solutions Card Deck

Discussing a Diverse Culture is in the Cards

Many organizations are often afraid to talk about race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation because they do not have the skills needed to successfully communicate or start a conversation in a multicultural environment. Inclusion Solutions are training cards designed to create awareness and provide an easy introduction to many fundamental Diversity and Inclusion topics. Each topic is supported by research and thought-provoking questions that can be used as conversation starters for one-on-one coaching, self-reflection activities, as part of a formal professional development sessions, or even as a fun way to start your team meetings. These cards make a potentially difficult topic more approachable and help individuals create an open dialogue around diversity within an organization.

How to Use the Cards

These cards have been created to assist with a potentially difficult conversation while supporting those conversations with research, data, and thought-provoking questions on fun and relatable D&I 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 D&I lens, using research and data points or simply embracing the content and growing in your D&I competency.

Diversity and Inclusion Knowledge Card Deck

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 meaningful change in their organizational structures by welcoming conversations about unconscious bias which promotes more perspectives at every level within organizations.

Diversity and Inclusion Knowledge Card Activities

Diversity in Engineering Matters eLearning Courses

SWE offers a narrated eLearning series, called Diversity in Engineering Matters, that was 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