The Outreach and Education (OE) Committee plays a crucial role in increasing WiE’s visibility within the UBC Engineering community and promoting the retention of women in engineering. The OE Committee educates engineering students about concepts that are important to WiE; builds connections to other women in STEM groups on campus, in the lower mainland, and across Canada; and performs outreach to girls and young women to promote engineering as a career. Education takes the form of presentations and workshops for UBC Engineering students (classes, student teams, etc.) to address barriers that minorities in engineering face, such as imposter syndrome and unconscious bias.
As part of the OE Committee, the WiE-Connect working group builds and strengthens relationships between various WiE groups at schools across British Columbia (UBC, SFU, BCIT, Langara, UVic, etc.). The goal of WiE-Connect is to facilitate collaboration and discussion between post-secondary WiE groups through community engagement and events. The WiE-Connect working group also helps students build supportive and diverse networks of friends who attend different universities.
As part of the OE Committee, the Youth Outreach working group delivers presentations and workshops to elementary and secondary school students across the Lower Mainland to encourage them to consider engineering as a career. Through these presentations, students are exposed to the opportunities engineering has to offer and the impact engineering has on the world around them. The Youth Outreach working group works closely with Geering Up and eng•cite to encourage young female students to consider engineering as a career.