Indigenous Peoples

Welcome to the Indigenous Peoples Affinity Group of the Society of Women Engineers!

Lead by Vanessa Benally and Laura Smith-Velazquez

​What we do as an Affinity Group:
  • Share knowledge, concerns, and experiences among each other and our allies
  • Mutually support each other
  • Advise and educate the SWE on issues affecting Indigenous Peoples
  • Serve as a resource to SWE members regarding Indigenous Peoples interest
  • Serve as a forum for discussion on specific topics aligning with Indigenous Peoples
  • Enhance and promote networking mechanisms for connecting members
  • Increase understanding and commitment to the value of diversity and inclusion as an integral part of SWE culture
SWE and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) are sister organizations. We encourage everyone to be a member of both and take advantage of everything offered! 

The Indigenous Peoples AG is led by the FY24Lead, Vanessa Benally. Connect with us on Facebook

​Founded in 1977, growing the AISES membership above our current 5,900 individual members is key to achieving our mission. AISES supports 230 affiliated pre-college schools, 196 chartered college and university chapters, 3 tribal chapters, and 18 professional chapters in the U.S. and Canada. We promote the highest standards of education and professional excellence to widen the STEM workforce and grow sector support. We highlight the geographic, economic, and social aspects of STEM education and careers.

In addition to awarding nearly $12 million and counting in academic scholarships, AISES offers internships, professional development and career resources, national and regional conferences, leadership development summits, and other STEM-focused programming.