Equity

Diveristy & Inclusion

Working group

The primary goal of our working group is to improve the state of equity, diversity and inclusion in engineering. Beyond making a report for advocacy, We want to have an impact students at a fundamental level by providing resources a How-To Guide to help ESSCO’s member schools in the form of a ‘How To Guide’ that can be used to solve problems that they may face regarding any aspect of EDI.

Beyond diversity, every person, engineer or otherwise, needs to feel like they are included in their community and that their views are valued in order to reach their full potential. Engineers solve problems, and having a diverse population of problem solvers provides many more view points and therefore better solutions to the problems we face in our world today. To sustain a diverse population in our industry, all people need to be treated equitably and feel included. As ESSCO’s population is made up of so many unique individuals and as we journey towards becoming professional engineers, we want to make sure that what makes us unique is valued and sustained.

If you have any questions about the work we do or if you want to get involved, please feel free to contact us at ediworkinggroup@essco.ca!

Timeline

Groups Survey Released

Analyze Survey Results

Working Group Started

November 2019

August 2020

January 2021

September 2019

Partner with SME Cori Hanson

January 2020

Personal Survey Released

October 2020

Present Findings to Engineering Deans of Ontario

Andrew Dickson​, University of Waterloo

Working Group Co-Chair

What do you like about being a part of an ESSCO Working Group?

That I am bringing about positive change for the engineering community. It also gave me a great chance to meet and work with people from across Ontario.

What is a fun fact about you?

I am from Scotland and can switch my Scottish accent on and off whenever I want to.

Yonael Miheret Debebe, University of Waterloo

Working Group Co-Chair

What do you like about being a part of an ESSCO Working Group?

I love the dedication to understanding the issues that Ontario engineering students face.

What is a fun fact about you?

I've had the same best friend since I was 3 years old and we have the same name!

Wilfrid Shaun Nortey Noye, Carleton University

What do you like about being a part of an ESSCO Working Group?

The best part about being involved in the EDI working group is the ability to meet and communicate with people who have the same desire to improve the engineering environment.

What is a fun fact about you?

My first name is Wilfrid however I prefer going by Shaun.

Rikki Romana, University of Ottawa

What do you like about being a part of an ESSCO Working Group?

I get to make a positive impact and help improve the engineering community. Being part of this working group has also helped me become more open minded. 

What is a fun fact about you?

When I'm not studying, you can find me playing poker, PC gaming, or playing the trumpet and piano!

Amanda Tejada, University of Toronto

What do you like about being a part of an ESSCO Working Group?

Meeting new people from different universities and having a common interest in improving EDI across Ontario schools.

What is a fun fact about you?

I enjoy taking care of plants.

Ana Acevedo, University of Ottawa

What do you like about being a part of an ESSCO Working Group?

This working group has given me a chance to work alongside really cool like-minded people from other schools that I wouldn't have otherwise met.

What is a fun fact about you?

I enjoy playing guitar

Raisa Chowdhury, McMaster University

What do you like about being a part of an ESSCO Working Group?

What I like the most about being a part of the EDI working group is the strong unity between the team members and the collective drive to accomplish the goal of creating a more equal and diverse community within our institutions.

What is a fun fact about you?

A few fun facts about me is I love photography, especially sunset/nature photography. I also love programming;