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HerSTEAM: Navigating challenges, igniting progress

An enlightening panel discussion

January 19, 2024 — 

Join us for an inspiring panel with women and non-binary leaders in STEAM, sharing personal stories about overcoming challenges and making a lasting impact on our community.

Rosalind Franklin, Marie Curie, Sally Ride, and Grace Hopper — these names echo through the corridors of history, symbolizing the resilient spirit of pioneers who defied norms and made significant contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

Women and non-binary people in STEAM have consistently been overlooked throughout history and their persistent underrepresentation continues to present challenges in fostering an inclusive environment. This is particularly apparent in leadership roles that have been long held by male counterparts. Women and non-binary people face complex forms of oppression in the workforce, such as the need to prove their competence, isolation from colleagues, and lower participation in industries dominated by the opposite gender. The stakes get higher when women and non-binary people hold other social identities that experience bias and discrimination. Efforts toward dismantling these barriers will not only enhance diversity but also create a workplace culture that values and embraces the contributions of individuals from all backgrounds.

Join Community Engaged Learning, in partnership with UMSU Women’s Centre, for our transformative initiative—HerSTEAM: Navigating Challenges, Igniting Progress. This event aims to make meaningful connections between the student community and distinguished women+ leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

The event kicks off with an enlightening panel discussion, providing a platform for leaders to share their experiences and contributions to the community. Panelists include:

  • Janilyn Arsenio, Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine and Immunology from the Max Rady College of Medicine
  • Zohreh Gervais, Creative Director, Producer, Musician, and Curator
  • Ana Gomes, UI/UX Designer
  • Hermie Monterde, PhD student in the Department of Mathematics
  • Sarah Sun, Data Analytics and Strategy, Director and Head of Retail & Small Business Decisioning Models at Scotiabank

These leaders are powerful role models in STEAM, offering invaluable insights for aspiring women and non-binary people. Gain confidence, insight and advocacy tools to champion your rights, while standing in solidarity with peers.

Following the panel, refreshments will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to connect and engage with each other through networking breaks and small group discussions.

Where: University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus (details available upon registration)

When: Saturday, January 27, 2024, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This event is free and open to everyone. Register online by Tuesday, January 23.

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