On September 9th, the members of the Society of Latino Engineers & Scientists (SOLES), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE-SJSU), and the Black Alliance of Scientists & Engineers (BASE) hosted the first annual Conference for Engineering Diversity.
Students gathered bright and early on a Saturday morning and began their day with opening remarks from the president of BASE and Dean Andrew Hsu. The attendees spent the rest of their day transitioning between tech talks and skill sessions. They also had the chance to network and review their resumes with industry professionals.
Eulises Valdovinos, one of the lead organizers for the conference, explains the importance of advocating for diversity in industry.
“I have a passion for speaking to younger generations about the benefits of higher education. It is astonishing how many talented students do not consider going to college simply because they have no role models or not even one person to tell them of college. Likewise, it is astonishing that so many tech companies have incredibly low percentages of women, latinos, and african americans in their workforce even though many people from these groups are earning degrees in STEM. Personally, I have seen part of the corporate world, and it is intimidating to sit in a room where nobody else looks like you or shares a common background to yours. I want to start changing that so we can take advantage of everyone’s diverse background in the workplace.”
Thank you to all of the students, faculty, and staff members who helped make this student organized, student run conference possible. If you would like to learn more about the Conference for Engineering Diversity, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.