The STEM areas include science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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This is a pre-employability program for individuals who are distant from the labour market and have unresolved employment readiness challenges.
A study by Engineering Science student Deb Raji (Year 4 + PEY) and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is underscoring the racial and gender biases found in facial-recognition services. Raji spent the summer of 2018 as an intern at MIT’s Media Lab, where she audited commercial facial technologies made by leading companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Amazon. The researchers discovered that all of them had a tendency to mistake darker-skinned women for men.
Science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — benefits from the participation of people who reflect a broad diversity of viewpoints, experiences and cultures. Some researchers have faced discrimination and other types of biases based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Some people who have surmounted these hurdles have suggestions for the next generation.
Youth the Future (YTF) is a client-centered program serving young people with disabilities, ages 15 – 30. This program seeks to enhance the self-awareness, independence and employment-related skills of its participants, so that they can secure meaningful employment or return to school.
Aims to encourage females in the faculty of science by providing a supportive and inclusive community, showcasing the importance and value of women in science, inspiring young women to pursue science, and working to identify and eliminate barriers to female participation in science.
Aviation at the University of Waterloo is the largest university-level aviation program in Canada. The university’s strength in science, environment, geomatics, and technology, along with training from one of the top flight schools in the country, prepares their students for outstanding careers in the aviation and aerospace industries.
The annual Graduate Student Recognition Awards, administered by the School of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Students Association (GSA), acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of McMaster’s graduate student community, including graduate researchers, teaching assistants, administrative staff and graduate supervisors.
For individuals seeking equity for women in science, engineering, technology and math, AWIS provides career development, networking, mentorship, and leadership opportunities. In addition, their thought leadership, research, and advocacy benefit all women in science.
The Women in Mathematics Committee of the CMS has many resources for women in mathematics as well as holds many competitions and awards to encourage a passion for mathematics.
MWIA has an important voice and influence on issues of interest to medical women e.g. work-life balance, maternity leave, career progression, fighting discrimination and mentoring of young medical doctors and students. (foster dialogue and action on various health issues, projects, training modules)
While there are more and more women studying STEM subjects at university, very few of them end up working in STEM-related careers. Indeed, even though the number of women filling in university-level posts has risen to 65 percent since 1991, the proportion of women in scientific jobs requiring a college degree is still at 23 percent, according to official 2016 data. Only 12 percent of Canada’s engineers are women.
SuperNOVA is a not-for-profit initiative of Dalhousie University that promotes STEM to youth in Atlantic Canada. All SuperNOVA programs are designed to complement provincial learning outcomes and incorporate practices and policies recommended by provincial and national organizations with expertise in STEM outreach, youth development, and day camp management.
Each June, Canadians celebrate the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples as part of both National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21). Inspired by the efforts of The National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) the month and day coincide with the Summer Solstice, which is a traditional time of celebration for many Indigenous communities. National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day are a time to walk together as we reflect, engage, celebrate, and learn.
When it comes to flying planes, female pilots are severely under-represented and it’s not that the airline industry isn’t growing. According travel platform fromAtoB, it increases by up to 10 percent every year, but the number of women entering the piloting profession remains stagnant.
The COVID-19 pandemic has gendered effects. Women, especially women of colour, Indigenous women, and low-income women, are particularly susceptible to contracting the disease, as well as to economic instability and curtailed access to services and resources. Trans and gender diverse peoples also face heightened risks due to widespread discrimination and stigma. However, there is some evidence that men are more likely than women to be seriously ill and die from COVID-19 in part due to gendered norms such as higher rates of smoking amongst men. Below is a list of gendered impacts. More information can be found in the linked primer.