5th Annual Conference


Hosted by SJSU collegiate chapters of SWE, SHPE/MAES, SASE & NSBE 


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Early Bird Rate: $10.00 (ends August 15, 2019)
Regular Rate: $20.00 (starting August 16, 2019)


About CED

San Jose State University student organizations: The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Black Alliance of Scientists & Engineers (a NSBE Collegiate Chapter – BASE), and the Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (a SHPE and MAES collegiate chapter) , joined forces to bring to aspiring engineers the first Conference for Engineering Diversity (CED) in 2015. Since, the Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE) has also joined the team to organize and host the annual Conference for Engineering Diversity. Student leaders sought to create an opportunity to include and engage students in the diversity and inclusion in technology dialog and prepare emerging talent for Silicon Valley by:

1) Encouraging diversity and inclusion dialog among students and industry.

2) Preparing the emerging labor force for a successful transition into industry.

2018 CED Schedule

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2018 CED Speakers

Lunch Plenary Panel 

Oscar Garcia | Founder/CEO, Aspira

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Oscar is the Founder & Chief Empowerment Officer of Aspira, a community relations, workforce development and training firm.  Oscar’s career journey includes business development roles at five startups, co-founding a nonprofit, Chamber President & CEO, and Community Partnerships Manager at LinkedIn.  He has received various prestigious awards recognizing his leadership and community work, including the La Familia Award from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, the NFL Hispanic Heritage Award from the San Francisco 49ers, and most recently the Community Heroes Award from Assemblymember Kansen Chu.  As Chief Empowerment Officer, Oscar empowers you so opportunities come to you.

Kathryn Autin


Kathryn Seabrook-Autin was a member of MESA at Oakland Technical High School under the directorship of MESA’s founder, Mary Perry Smith.  After graduating in 1979, she pursued and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering for the University of Southern California.

Her career began in the aerospace industry and quickly moved to the technology side of banking. She worked at Bank of America for 11 years and became a Vice President, Systems Management while pursuing an MBA at UCB.  She has also worked for VISA and several start-up companies, as well as Oracle Corp where she worked for 10 years as Senior Director of Global Operations.

Today Kathryn enjoys providing consulting services to entrepreneurs, Venture Capital Firms and MESA Statewide.  In 2017 Kathryn proposed the IDEA Accelerator program to MESA Statewide and launched the pilot program for them in 2018.  The success of the pilot opened the doors for MESA to expand the pilot to more campuses as they look to incorporate it into their sponsored programming for all MESA students

Kathy Wong | Chief Diversity Officer, SJSU


Dr. Kathleen Wong (Lau) is the new Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and inclusion at San Jose State University. She serves on President Papazian’s cabinet.

Wong(Lau) joins SJSU from the University of Oklahoma where she has served since 2014 as director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). She designed and led an inaugural, mandatory, five-hour Freshmen Diversity Experience training for more than 5,000 students. This was in response to the racist bus chant incident at OU in the Spring of 2015.

Earlier in her college career, Wong(Lau) served as a tutor/advisor for Upward bound and as a bilingual education counselor for TRiO programs. Wong(Lau) received her PhD in intercultural speech communication from Arizona State University.

She was named in 2015 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of the Women’s History Month’s “Top 25 Women in Higher Education,” contributing to transformation and change in the United States.

Professional Development

Perla Paredes | Senior Global Program and Executive Comp. Manager, Applied Materials


Perla Paredes is a Senior Global Compensation manager at Applied Materials, where she manages both Executive Compensation and Global compensation programs. Perla has work with reputable high tech companies in the Silicon Valley including Informatica, Electronic Arts and Yahoo! She Is an insatiable traveler and photographer. She is traveled over 20 countries and counting.

2018 CED Sponsors

Diversity Champion / Title Sponsors




Diversity Ambassador