SWE Rocky Mountain Section was honored at WE23 with SWE Mission awards. The aim of these awards is to highlight areas of focus within the SWE strategic goals and showcase groups that have gone above and beyond to help make these goals a reality. RMS was recognized with:
2023 SWE Mission Gold
RMS was one of only two professional sections to be recognized with the Mission Gold Award
2023 SWE Mission Best Practice – Communication
As part of SWE Strategic Goal 3: Global Community – SWE will be a global, inclusive community, empowering women in engineering and technology from all locations and life stages.
2023 SWE Mission Best Practice – Diversity & Inclusion
As part of SWE Strategic Goal 2: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B) – SWE will champion intersectional diversity within engineering and technology and model an inclusive and equitable environment.
Learn more about the 2023 SWE Mission Best Practices of RMS
2023 SWE Mission Best Practice – Communication Award
RMS maintains a LinkedIn company page, posting 104 posts in FY23 that generated 18,900 organic impressions, 36,400 sponsored impressions, and 520 reactions. The RMS communications committee posts weekly content about RMS events or topics that would be interesting to the 436 followers, including 146 new followers (34% growth). Communications and marketing subcommittees as part of two RMS signature events ran campaigns with weekly posts leading up to the events. The event posts were planned to align with key planning deadlines, such as the deadline for call for presentations or volunteers. Additionally, paid ads on LinkedIn were hosted as part of sponsor benefits, contributing to the growth in social media followership. RMS uses a professional version of Canva to create visually interesting graphics that support the LinkedIn posts. RMS follows SWE branding guidelines when creating graphics.
2023 SWE Mission Best Practice – Diversity & Inclusion
Girls Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (GESTEM) is an annual event focused on introducing young women in Colorado to diverse careers in STEM through hands-on activities. The primary goal of the event is to get underrepresented students excited about the possibilities in technical or engineering focused disciplines and enable them to build confidence in seeing themselves pursuing a STEM career in the future. In 2023, in-person event host 1065 7th grade girls, of which approximately 66% identified as ethnic minorities, on a college campus. 265 volunteer presenters facilitated 39 workshops across 6 focus areas including Power It, Tech It, Build It, Examine It, Conserve It, and Explore It. Each student attended 3 workshops and were grouped with other students and their volunteer guide to get them to the workshops. 13 corporate partners sponsored the event, which keeps the event free and equitable to students. 36 organizations provided materials for their workshops for up to 72 students. Volunteers for the event ranged from SWE members, industry professionals, parents, local teachers, and STEM advocates. Volunteers received training for the event that also covered how to interact with the students and completed the youth protection policy. The event brought together students from underrepresented schools and engaged them in interactive activities with real professionals. Bus transportation was provided to schools that would be unable to burden the financial cost of the busses. The event also excited STEM advocates among teachers and parents.
Over 50 RMS representatives traveled to Los Angeles to attend the world’s largest conference for women in engineering and technology from October 26-28. More members joined the conference virtually. Congratulations to the 2023 award recipients. RMS was recognized for the Mission Awards. You may read more about those on the WE23 Mission Awards blog post….
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