Probably the most invigorating discussion on the topic of gender expansive inclusion & advancing nonbinary students in STEM I have had lately, with columnist Teresa Carr at Undark Magazine.
So, are women’s organizations the right place to work towards greater gender diversity? I asked Haverkamp. She repeated the question and let it echo for a moment. “Either, yes, women advocate for greater gender diversity, or no, women shut the door, and they say we have our marginal stake in the system, you go figure it out yourself,” she said. “The most feminist answer, would be ’yes’ — to welcome in and advocate for the full, free, liberated range of gender expressions and embodiments in STEM.”
Read the whole thing! It also discusses the amazing work SWE Hawaiian Islands has done to bring Indigenous Justice / Native Hawaiian Māhū inclusion into their scholarships, despite lack of national support from Society of Women Engineers.
If you are attending the annual conference this weekend, check out this session on Saturday, October 23rd!
This is Julie Yip’s wonderful and succinct summary from LinkedIn:
Last year, I had the honor of befriending the Society of Women Engineers Hawaiian Islands and supporting their work to establish on an endowed memorial scholarship honoring Mae Nakatani Nishioka, the first woman engineer in Hawai’i.
This year, we get the share Mae’s life and our story at the Global SWE Conference. We will be speaking Saturday, October 23rd at 10:45-11:45am Pacific Time virtually and with a live chat.
What is unique and important about this SWE chapter is its: – Inclusion of all gender identities in engineering and technology, such as Native Hawaiian Māhū, transgender, nonbinary, and more – Acknowledgement and cherishing of Native Hawaiian culture – Open criteria of community college students and a minimum 2.0 GPA – Transition from small-scale DIY fundraising to sustainable endowment – Recognition and gratitude for Mae’s contributions as being “the first”