A Post-Secondary Education Champion is committed to taking action to increase gender diversity among students entering and already in engineering, applied science, and technology education programs. Educators will work on enhancing recruitment efforts, training, partnership opportunities and policies, with the goal of breaking down barriers and increase the number of women entering the engineering and applied science sector work forces.

 

POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS CHAMPION COMMITMENTS

Policies & Practices

  • Strive to use communications for inclusive language, examining both internal and external communications.

  • Endeavour to increase female participation on Councils/Boards/Director/Upper Management roles, noting that research finds that organizations with a diverse leadership composition outperform those lacking diverse leadership.

  • Commit to assessing and adopting hiring procedures that are inclusive. E.g. inclusive language in job postings, candidate shortlists with at least one woman candidate, and at least one woman on the hiring and interview committee.

 

Education

  • Empower schools and staff to incorporate diverse teachings, language, and practices into classroom learning.

  • Encourage allyship and mentorship between students and engineering and applied science professionals.

  • Educate staff, instructors, and individuals on sensitivities and barriers facing women in STEM industries.

 

Recruitment

  • Provide, promote, and encourage job shadow, “take your child to work day”, co-op, and work-learn opportunities to female students.

  • Assess opportunities and develop processes to increase the number of women faculty and instructors.

 

Retention and Advancement

  • Commit to continuous development of internal workplace policies, training, and guidelines to ensure that women and represented at all levels of business, including management and senior levels.

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