On November 6th, our Inclusivity and Outreach Commissioners attended the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers’ EDI(Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Imperative Forum in Ottawa. This annual event brings together EDI advocates and enthusiasts ranging from students to Professional Engineers who are engaged in the engineering community and want to improve the accessibility and inclusivity of the field.
Equity, diversity and inclusion is a multifaceted issue which seeks to understand and advocate for the complex and unique needs of individuals from different groups. Here’s a breakdown of these concepts, if you’re not quite familiar.
“Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Canada’s STEAM sector is vital –the moral and business case has been made. If we don’t work together to remove barriers to full inclusion, our businesses, educational institutions, and society will miss out on innovative ideas, perspectives and attitudes that can help shape our nation’s future.
It is time to recognize that more needs to be done to ensure EDI becomes a reality, not only by sharing insights on the challenges that persist, but by defining solutions to address them. This event is not just about creating a conversation, it’s about fostering a movement. How can we make an impact?”
To see what our commissioners had to say about the event, check out their video below!
By Tiffany Joseph, Student Affairs Commissioner 2019 - 2020
Hi everyone! Happy Fall! Like the leaves off the trees, our working groups are falling into place! We have just concluded our review of Working Group applications, and very soon, our chairs will be having their first meeting with their new teams!
ESSCO Internal Meeting
Three weeks ago, our entire internal ESSCO team came together in the GTA for a weekend of working, strategic planning and team bonding. Thanks to our OSPE partners, we were able to facilitate training for our Working Group chairs about Advocacy 101, the fundamentals of advocacy, and Research Methods for Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection. These presentations were key in framing our working groups’ efforts for the year, and the upcoming addition of the members to each team.
The Advocacy Team spent a great deal of time on our portfolio:
This month’s ESSCO Webinar featured the Advocacy side of ESSCO. The Webinar’s theme focused on Advocating Effectively, and gave us an opportunity to showcase how the use of effective planning methods yielded deeper student connection, proper understanding of issues in the community, and the most efficient method of addressing student issues. To view our presentation, refer to the slides posted in our reports section!