The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.
Region C includes all sections in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. This blog is an interactive news source for Region C’s collegiate members regarding upcoming events and best practices.
Here are a couple of points to assist with the positions, terminology, and acronyms:
- Collegiate: In the future, the word “collegiate” shall be used more and more frequently when referring to collegiate level student programs and members. This is a strategic change to help the Society and supporting community distinguish between the collegiate “student” member and the K-12 “student” to which SWE reaches out. A change to the Society Bylaws has been proposed.
- Collegiate Region Team: a region team composed of people addressing collegiate issues, working together within the region. The team includes (but is not limited to):
- Region Collegiate Representative (RCR): a collegiate member serving on the Council of Representatives (COR), responsible for running region collegiate meetings at national and regional conferences, assisting the collegiate section hosting the Regional Conference, and communicating with the Region Governor about collegiate activities and issues within the region.
- Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE): a collegiate member compiling region information for distribution to the membership. Also a RCCE would be the first runner up to take the RCR position if the current RCR decides they could not perform the assigned duties.
- Collegiate Interests Representative (CIR): a collegiate or professional member serving on the Collegiate Interests Committee, strategizing methods to improve the value proposition for collegiate members, evaluating and recommending collegiate programs, creating leadership opportunities, and streamlining processes.
- Region Collegiate Membership Coordinator (RCMC): a collegiate or professional member serving on the Membership Committee, and aiding the collegiate sections in increasing their membership and maintaining their charter requirements.
- Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC): a collegiate or professional member working directly with collegiate Sections or with professional sections. They mentors members on best business practices, communications skills, and other valuable tools.
- SWE Future Leader (SWEFL): A freshman or sophomore collegiate member who shows outstanding potential for future leadership in SWE and is invited to take part in the Collegiate Leadership Forum (CLF) held annually in the summer. After the CLF, SWEFLs may be called on to participate in SWE collegiate focus groups and encouraged to apply for SWE leadership positions at their collegiate section or at the region or national level. SWEFLs are nominated by other collegiate or professional SWE leaders. The SWEFL application typically becomes available in the April timeframe.
Collegiate Leadership Forum (CLF)
The Collegiate Leadership Forum (CLF) is an annual event used as an opportunity to train RCRs and RCNEs. CLF was started in 2005 by a recommendation from the Student Transition Team. Beyond RCRs and RCNEs, the CLF has now been expanded to include additional groups of collegiate members by invitation only. In 2006, the added participants were SWE Future Leaders (SWEFLs, see above). In the future, invited groups may include collegiate section presidents, grad students, collegiate leadership from struggling sections, etc.
The CLF typically takes place in August, in conjunction with the SWE BOD installation. Activities include the BOD installation dinner, leadership training, SWE training, professional development, and networking with other collegiate leaders, the Region Governors, and BOD members. All travel, accommodations, and activities are completely free to participants.
Any questions about the CLF can be sent to the CLF Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCR and RCCE Elections
The RCR represents collegiate members’ interests to SWE national leaders by actively participating in the strategic discussions of the Council of Representatives (COR), The COR charts strategic direction and adopts long range goals of the Society
The RCCE produces a regional newsletter for collegiate members by compiling articles, news, and announcements that are relevant and timely. Newsletters should contain SWE best practices, events, and activities that benefit collegiate members.
Each Region’s RCR and RCCE work closely to enhance opportunities for college members. RCR and RCCE receives expense-paid travel to the annual SWE Collegiate Leadership Forum! The 2009 Forum took place during the summer in Chicago, IL.
A standardized election process is in place for the election of RCR and RCCE.
- Applications are accepted online, only, usually through a simple survey form.
- Seven weeks prior to each region conference, a call for applications is distributed to collegiate members and region leaders to announce the application deadline.
- Biographical information on each candidate is disseminated electronically to all region collegiate members prior to the start of voting, including a video that the applicant makes telling their year, major, and why they would be a good candidate for the position.
- Each Collegiate section gets one vote, and send in their votes shortly after the Regional Conference.
- Votes are compiled and the victors are then informed via email.
It is recommended that you review and prepare answers for the application questions prior to completing the online application. Any questions about the RCR/RCCE positions or the application and voting process can be sent to the RCR/RCCE Coordinator at email@example.com
The Region Collegiate Team’s (RCT) long-term goals are to:
- Drive continual improvement in the collegiate experience within the Region
- Continue to develop strategic goals that address the key collegiate issues in the Region
- Deliver at least one new program, initiative, or improvement to the region to address a key collegiate issues in the Region each year
- Annually revisit, update, and revise the key collegiate issues in the Region