Carleton University has announced the launch of a new Women in Engineering and Information Technology (WiE&IT) Program – one of the first industry and government sponsored programs of its kind in Canada.

Spearheaded by the Faculty of Engineering and Design, with financial support from 9 industry and government partners, the WiE&IT program will provide key learning and development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate-level women students within Carleton’s wide array of engineering and information technology programs.

Beginning in fall 2021, the program will include events to foster relationship building and mentorship, a network of ambassadors and volunteers, and a special fund to support the work of allies in meeting their equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

Partners supporting the WiE&IT program at launch include Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs, EllisDon, and Ross.

“Carleton is strongly committed to developing and promoting a culture that supports women in engineering and IT at all levels,” said Larry Kostiuk, dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design. “By collaborating with a variety of partners through this initiative, we will connect students to industry professionals, equip students with the tools and knowledge to succeed in the workplace, and foster inclusion in engineering and IT.”

By taking part in the WiE&IT program, students will be introduced to women role models, gain an inside look into workplaces, attend industry talks and develop connections with women ambassadors.

“Supporting women in engineering and IT ensures more creative and viable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems,” said Banu Örmeci, Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Global Health and faculty advisor for Carleton University’s Women in Science and Engineering (CU-WISE) chapter. “By connecting our students with industry through the WiE&IT program, we can enhance women’s educational journeys and help to close the gender gap in STEM.”

Interested in Becoming a Program Partner? 

For more information on how you can support the WiE&IT program, please visit Carleton’s Hub for Good.

About Carleton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design

Carleton University’s research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design is recognized as a leader in Canada and beyond, offering one of the most extensive ranges of engineering, architecture, industrial design, and information technology programs in the country. Located in the nation’s capital, Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design offers unique experiential learning opportunities and delivers real-world training through partnerships with industry and collaboration with government departments and agencies.

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