Creating Inclusive Scholarships with SWE Hawaiian Islands

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”

Check out the scholarship website here: http://hi.swe.org/scholarships.html

See you at the conference!

Author: Andrea Haverkamp

Andrea Haverkamp holds a PhD in environmental engineering with a minor in queer studies. Her dissertation research explored the support systems and community resiliency of transgender and gender nonconforming undergraduate students in undergraduate engineering education. She is currently a labor organizer in Washington state.

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