The 2013/2014 Council election and bylaw ratification vote is now open. Voting information and candidate statements have been circulated to eligible members and licensees by e-mail. The information is also available online.
As many of you know, I am dedicated to the issues of gender balance and diversity. However, I assert that equality is not the point in question: fairness is.
Certainly, equal pay for equal work, equal respect and equal inclusion are vital. Yet the concept of equal work for all is ridiculous: each of us has different strengths and abilities. We need to recognize and value those differences, and emphasize what we can accomplish through diversity.
Equal work for all? Clearly not.
Fairness for all? Yes.
From the ASEE aggregator:
The Seattle Times (7/1, Long) reports, “On Friday, some of the best gaming and education minds in the area gathered at the Northeastern University-Seattle campus to kick off an ambitious, long-term project to create” a game to keep girls engrossed in math and science. “G.A.M.E.S. — short for Girls Advancing in Math, Engineering and Science — includes participants from Northeastern, the University of Washington’s Center for Game Science, the private DigiPen Institute for game developers, and game companies such as Big Fish and Her Interactive.” The person behind the idea, Tayloe Washburn, dean of Northeastern-Seattle, “thinks a successful game could underscore the advantages of a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields for young girls.”
The following summary was distributed by the American Association of Engineering Educators’ aggregator today. The US often experiences common issues a few years ahead…this may be worth the analysis.
Engineering and Public Policy
One of the outreach objectives of the Association is to increase the level of participation of members in association activities. Our new president mentions in his blog that the Association appreciates when “members take the initiative” to connect (http://michaelbapty.ca/apegbc/member-engagement/), and I think that is exactly right: we have an obligation to do what we can to reach out to other members within the Association and to our communities at large.
Here in the Victoria Branch, we are making efforts to connect with each other and the public through a variety of interesting and intriguing dinner meeting activities. A few of our great successes this past year included tours of innovative companies such as
- Starfish Medical (http://starfishmedical.com),
- Viking Air (http://www.vikingair.com/), and, most recently,
- the Centre of the Universe who hosted our AGM (http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/outreach/cu/).
We have seen great improvements in the breadth of member participation during these dinner meetings as well as increasing numbers of the public coming to join the tours: Lots of new faces!
Thanks for your support, Victoria!
Thank you for nominating me for the 2013 APEGBC Council. I look forward with anticipation to this natural next step in my service to British Columbia and to the engineering and geoscience professions.
As I become more involved in professional community outreach, I am increasingly aware that the engineering reputation (fortunately, not so much geoscience) is having a negative impact on our youth and their parents and counsellors regarding entering the profession. I believe that, for the long-term success of engineering and geoscience in the global community, we must encourage our members to model what we hope to see as the future of our profession: gender balance and diversity.
These two topics consistently resonate with APEGBC and community members when we discuss our vision of the future, revealing a fundamental concern: fairness for all. I have heard this from professionals in small and medium enterprises and from professionals in very large corporations, from men and from women.
I believe in fairness and the inclusion of all voices at all levels. If elected to council, I will ensure all voices and needs are heard.
Governance experience to date:
- Outreach Coordinator, APEGBC-Victoria Branch (13 years on executive)
- Camosun College Board of Governors (3 years)
- Academic Governance Council of British Columbia (3 years)
- Education Council, Camosun College (6 years)
For more information about me, please view my LinkedIn profile at: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/kathytarnailokhorst