Every year, SWE at UCR hosts an ice skating social at LA Kings Icetown, but this year, we decided to collaborate with SWE at Cypress! While waiting in line, one of our Cypress sisters, Hahnara came up and introduced herself and the others that came with her. We went straight into skating and many showed off their skills on the ice, while others, like myself, were just learning how to skate. We all took a break off to the side and played an ice-breaker where we paired an action with our introductions and each subsequent person had to perform all of the previous actions before introducing themselves. It resulted in a lot of laughter and we felt closer as a group after that. Then after a bit more skating, we all gathered together once again and took a group picture before parting ways. Everyone had an awesome time with Cypress and I look forward to more events like this one with other SWE chapters!
The Career Centers “Dress for Success” Event was definitely a success across all majors, with representatives from well known companies such as RIOT Games (makers of the very popular League of Legends), Modern Woodman, and local Pink Ribbon Thrift. Representatives gave their opinions on and experiences with different styles of appropriate dress in the workplace and at work-related events, along with tips to looking your best and making a great first impression. Sample outfits were displayed, courtesy of Pink Ribbon Thrift, which encouraged students of all economic backgrounds that looking professional and appropriate for interviews and within the workplace is possible on any budget. The event was neatly wrapped up with a fun student-modeled business professional vs. business causal fashion show/guessing game, models from the student organizations The Society of Women Engineers and Gamespawn, followed by open networking which was fully utilized by inquisitive students.
On May 11th, Samantha Galicinao, CPSWE High School Outreach Chair, and Melinda Ong, CPSWE Vice President of Community Outreach, visited Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA to present “ SWE-viving Together: A Confidence Presentation.” Six current Allan Hancock College students, all with plans to attend Cal Poly in the next year, addressed their doubts, discussed engineering stereotypes, and learned how togetherness and collaboration can boost confidence. Christine Reed, MESA Director at Allan Hancock College, intends to use the six ladies in attendance to as an example for current students interested in the STEM field.
Cal Poly SWE sees a need for outreach to community college outreach to local community and junior colleges because transfer rates, especially rates of females transferring into an engineering program, are low. This outreach event is Cal Poly SWE’s first attempt at Community College Outreach, and they have plans in the next year to better develop this sector of outreach.
Cal Poly SWE welcomed a record breaking 132 conditionally admitted College of Engineering students to the San Luis Obispo Cal Poly campus for Spring SWE Welcome, a high school shadowing event. The event ran from April 6th through April 7th.
Participants shadowed female engineering students of their declared major on the afternoon of April 6th and had the option of attending tours of the College of Engineering, the CubeSat and PolySat Lab, the QL+ Lab, and the Robotics Club Lab. Many participants visited unique Cal Poly, SLO landmarks such as Architecture Graveyard and the Cal Poly Arboretum. All participants attended an “Engineering Like a Girl” Presentation and Q&A before spending the night in the residence halls. On the morning of April 7th, participants attended the Women’s Engineering Program Panel.
The Women’s Engineering Program Panel gives all students the perspective of being a female Cal Poly engineering student and an engineer in industry. Panelists included Tracy Van Houten, an Aerospace Engineer for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a candidate for a U.S. Congress Seat; Lara Pickering, an Electrical Engineering with over 30 years of industry experience including Vice President at NetApp; and Dr. Kristen Cardinal, a Cal Poly Biomedical Engineering Professor and lead professor of the Cal Poly Tissue Engineering Laboratory. All panelists are Cal Poly alumni.
Participants had these words to say about SWE Welcome:
“SWE Welcome really boosted my confidence for going into the field of engineering. *snap snap* I was afraid that I lacked the academic skill and mindset of an engineer, but the testimonies of the leaders encouraged my passion to improve technology.”
“SWE has introduced me to the means of becoming an engineer. Anyone can be an engineer and women especially have all the potential. Rather than thinking “I’m not good enough” SWE is an example that women can use each other beneficially to gain confidence in one another.”
“I had never visited Cal Poly before but the experience has made me all the more excited to attend college here. Everyone is so nice and approachable and at the end of just one night, I already felt part of the family.”
Cal Poly SWE continues to host SWE Welcome because many past participants owe their decision to attend Cal Poly, SLO to the labs and classes they attended, the people they met, the campus culture, and other SWE Welcome experiences. Cal Poly SWE is currently preparing for their Fall SWE Welcome, a high school shadowing event geared to sophomores and juniors.
Approximately 2000 conditionally admitted female CENG students were contacted by current SWE members on February 24th and March 3rd at the SWE Phone-a-thons. Each student called was invited to Cal Poly’s SWE Welcome and Open House, scheduled for April 6th through April 8th. Cal Poly SWE believes this event not only is an advertisement opportunity, but also an opportunity for potential students to directly communicate with a Cal Poly student and get their questions about Cal Poly and the engineering curriculum answered. Communications with Cal Poly Admission and the Cal Poly Data Management Center were made to receive access to a roster of conditionally admitted students.
The SWE UCLA officer elections were held in order to transition into the 2017-2018 board. There were some familiar faces looking to move up their officer position, while there were plenty of new faces looking for a spot on the board. The new faces mainly consisted of members from the Evening with Industry Committee, Major Committee, and Outreach Committee. There were plenty of great platforms and innovative ideas to improve each position and everyone voted for the candidate that they wanted. If there was only one person running for the position, then the person must receive a unanimous hand raise vote to obtain the position. In addition to the existing positions, a new position called the “Recruitment and Alumni Relations Director” was filled and we are excited to see the outcomes from this new position. Overall, the newly elected board demonstrates a great range of diversity that will help us cultivate more ideas to promote equality in engineering.
Members of Cal Poly SLO SWE went camping with members of UC Santa Barbara SWE at Gaviota State Park. Despite the rain, the group went hiking to the Gaviota Wind Caves, watched the sunset, and made s’mores together.
The group bonded over games of catchphrase and mafia. The first annual Cal Poly/UCSB SWE camping trip went SWell!