Rita Matta – Publicity Chair of Yale GradSWE section, is insanely proud to share with our region all the hard work their group has been putting into recruitment events this year.
As the start of the school year brings in many curious graduate students looking for ways to be involved, GradSWE at Yale started months in advance to prepare fun, exciting, and informative events for the new students. In July, the executive board attended a SWEboard retreat, where the group leaders spelled out the group’s goals, missions, and anticipated events for the year, while having some fun down-time on the lake! Here, the members were able to plan a grand total of five events for the beginning of the school year, to anticipate the hype and excitement of the school year opening, and to reach to as many interested students as possible.
First, the members hosted a table at the Grad Activities Fair, handing out fliers, answering any questions, and handing out 3-D printed custom made SWE keychains to all those interested. Next, GradSWE hosted an Orientation Panel, gathering a panel of engineering students across many disciplines to answer any questions ranging from research, work-life balance, and life in New Haven. The group also co-hosted a Women’s Welcome, handing out information and speaking to an interdisciplinary group of graduate students interested in joining any women-focused groups here on campus. In addition, GradSWE co-hosted a STEM Outreach Barbeque, as outreach at both Yale and the local community is one of the group’s strongest missions. Lastly, the group ended with a GradSWE Welcome event, gathering many familiar faces from previous events as well as acquainted members, where attendees enjoyed some of New Haven’s best ice cream and were informed of the events in the near future.
The hard work and planning for these events certainly paid off, as the group increased their member board, as well as interest in some major events all across the board, including outreach and professional development series. The energy from the executive board was not to be missed, as the group was seen in their custom purple shirts, cheerfully advertising and well represented at each event. The fervor, time commitment, and meticulous planning of the GradSWE executive board remains heightened throughout the year with new additional members, where the mission and goal of GradSWE here at Yale remains strong and clear.