Promoting Diversity in STEM on Capitol Hill

Innovation is critical to Caterpillar’s continued success and global leadership. We have to innovate in order to differentiate our products, meet our customers’ needs and remain competitive in the global marketplace – and we rely on our engineering and technical community to do that. To truly deliver the best products and solutions, it is crucial that we have a diverse and inclusive team of engineers. That’s why we have longstanding partnerships with organizations that demonstrate the value of diversity in engineering, such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Stacey DelVecchio, an Engineering Talent Manager within the Product Development and Global Technology (PD&GT) Division, is currently serving as SWE president. DelVecchio recently had two unique opportunities to promote the importance of diversity in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields while in Washington, D.C. The first was at SWE’s fifth annual Capitol Hill Day on March 5 - 6. Thirty-seven industry and professional organizations joined SWE to help educate legislators on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the STEM workforce. Events included a reception with remarks from DelVecchio and Representative Aaron Schock, among others, as well as congressional visits with the SWE leadership team.

DelVecchio continued this momentum the following week when she served as a panelist for a Senate STEM Caucus briefing entitled, “The State of Diversity in America’s STEM Workforce.” The Senate STEM Caucus is chaired by Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin of Illinois. The panel specifically focused on rural and urban access to STEM education.

“As most members of Congress do not have backgrounds in STEM, few are aware that a lack of diversity in these professions is even a problem, let alone one with far-reaching implications,” said DelVecchio. “SWE and our partners are well-positioned to educate in this space. Pointing out the advantages of diversity, and its role in increasing innovation and strengthening competitiveness, is one of the core messages conveyed in these events.”

Click here to learn more about SWE Capitol Hill Day.
Click here to see Stacey DelVecchio’s presentation from the Senate STEM Caucus

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