WHO WE ARE
The Women of Manitoba Engineering Network (WOMEN) was established on the heels of an annual conference hosted by the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, the Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE), which aims to promote discussion on diversity in the field of engineering.
It is from attendance at the 2016 CDE that delegates for the University of Manitoba (UofM) were inspired to found WOMEN. The conference provides a unique opportunity to learn and network with engineering students from across Canada and learn about many different programs and services available to engineering students across the country. Importantly, the discussions that ensued with students from other Canadian Universities motivated UofM delegates to become actively involved in the promotion and enhancement of programs and services offered to minority groups in the Faculty of Engineering at the UofM.
As a student group, WOMEN aims to promote opportunities and to create a sense of community for female identifying engineering students at the UofM. Since its formulation in January, 2017, WOMEN has recruited over 50 members and participated in three outreach events. We hosted a “Kick-Off” event which welcomed over 40 attendees who networked with females in industry as well as with fellow students in the Faculty of Engineering, and we organized our first Professional Head Shot Event which offered students free professional head shots.
WHAT WE DO
Building an inclusive community.
This year we hosted another successful headshot event providing students with the opportunity to get professional headshots for their LinkedIn profiles, and we organized a tour of North Forge giving students an insight into the professional world. In addition, we hosted a co-op information session with Manitoba Hydro to help promote female applications for summer co-op positions.
Next, we have an upcoming networking wine and cheese event sponsored by EGM that will give female identifying students an opportunity to network with industry professionals.