Diversity: Selected Highlights Engaging Indigenous Youth in STEM In May 2016, a team of U of T volunteers — including engineering student Yonatan Lipsitz (IBBME PhD candidate) — partnered with Sandy Lake First Nation in Northern Ontario to deliver a series of workshops aimed at reducing the high rates of Type II diabetes in the community. Topics included healthy meal planning, food composition and local gardening. Both children and adults in the community also took part in science and engineering activities, including learning about the night sky in an astronomy workshop. The project has been running for five years and is delivered through Let’s Talk Science, a national organization that connects graduate students and youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities. In summer 2016, Rachel Mandel (Year 3 MIE) was one of 12 students from across Canada who were selected to deliver science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workshops through the National Indigenous Youth in STEM (InSTEM) program. Developed and run by Actua, a national STEM charity, InSTEM is a customized, community-based approach to engaging First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth in locally and culturally relevant STEM education programs. Mandel and her teammates travelled more than 8,000 kilometres, visiting Indigenous communities in Nunavut — Igloolik, Arctic Bay, Kimmirut, Hall Beach, Cape Dorset and Resolute Bay — as well as the Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario. The workshops covered a diverse range of topics, from Arctic ecology to computer programming to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the mining industry.
Infrastructure Engineering in Remote First Nations Communities in Ontario Starting in fall 2016, MEng students will be offered a new course in Infrastructure Engineering in Remote First Nations Communities in Ontario. We also struck a committee that will serve as an inclusive forum for discussion to ensure a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for Indigenous students, faculty, staff and communities.
New Godiva’s Hymn Verses Celebrate Diversity in Engineering Women in leadership, the impact of engineering on the world and SkuleTM spirit were the themes of three new verses that took the top prizes in the Godiva’s Hymn contest, which were announced at Cannonball 1T6, held in January 2016. Organized by the Engineering Society, the contest challenged the U of T Engineering community to create lyrics to this traditional engineering song that better convey the diversity and vibrancy of engineering in the 21st century. Tania
Albarghouthi (Year 3 ECE) wrote the winning entry: I came across a girl whose skin was glazed a purple hue, Her aura proud, her spirit loud, her words were strong and true, She led a group of hundreds who were chanting far and near, And in my mind, I had no doubts — she led the engineers!
WISE Conference Highlights Professional and Personal Development More than 250 delegates from universities across Ontario gathered in Toronto in January 2016 for the fourth annual Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) national conference. The program covered both professional and personal development topics, such as machine learning, how to land your dream job and finding the company culture that best fits your strengths. Guest speakers included leaders from companies ranging from startups such as NanoLeaf to multinational corporations such as IBM. U of T’s WISE chapter was revitalized in 2012, with a mission to “support and empower women to achieve their full potential as engineers, scientists, and leaders.” In addition to the national conference, WISE also runs mentoring programs, networking events and community outreach initiatives.
U of T Engineering Observes Pink Shirt Day Students, staff and faculty gathered in the Sandford Fleming atrium on Feb. 24, 2016 to observe Pink Shirt Day. The annual event, which aims to end bullying, started after students at a Nova Scotia high school wore pink shirts to support a boy who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Members of the U of T Engineering community posted photos of themselves on social media using the hashtag #pinkskule.
U of T Joins Diversity Initiative U of T Engineering has joined more than 90 North American engineering schools that are leading a transformative movement to increase diversity in engineering. In a letter shared in August 2015 by the White House in Washington D.C. as part of the its first Demo Day, U of T and peer institutions committed to recruit women and underrepresented minorities to its student bodies and as faculty members, as well as foster a culture of inclusivity in the engineering profession. Released as part of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Year of Action in Diversity, the letter outlines four actions that each participating school has committed to implement, including developing a diversity plan and conducting pre-university outreach programs.
118 Chapter 10: Diversity | Annual Report 2016 | Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Published on Sep 16, 2016
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