How does UBC reach out to the women engineers of tomorrow?
Between 2011 and 2015, UBC outreach and recruitment efforts reached out to almost 15,000 girls between the ages of 13 and 18 through school workshops, after-school clubs, on-campus camps and outreach camps.
UBC operates and funds three distinct outreach programs — Geering Up, WWEST and eng•cite — dedicated to promoting the engineering field to girls, and those who influence their educational decisions. Together, these initiatives reach children, high schoolers, parents, teachers, guidance counsellors and industry decision-makers.
Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science & Technology (WWEST) promotes science and engineering as excellent career paths for women while working to identify and eliminate barriers to the successful integration of women into these professional fields, through outreach, recruitment and the creation of workshops and best practices to improve industry support for women.
eng•cite is an initiative of the Goldcorp Professorship in Women in Engineering. It promotes engineering as a creative and rewarding career and reaches out to high school students, parents and counsellors to encourage girls with aptitude in science, engineering and math to pursue these fields as a career.
On Girl Guide Engineering Badge Day 2016, 100 girls in BC will receive an Engineering badge, available for the first time.