Monday, April 10, 2017

Make the Change: Attracting More Women to STEM Careers Boosts Diversity - MONTREAL GAZETTE

Originally published: April 9, 2017

Istuary Innovation Group has kicked off the first of a series of talks, Make the Change: Women in STEM, focused on creating opportunities and efforts to build a more diverse, inclusive workforce in Canada. The first talk, held yesterday, was in collaboration with the University of British Columbia, featuring leading academic Professor Elizabeth Croft, well known for increasing the percentage of female students entering first year engineering at UBC to 30 per cent from 20 per cent during her tenure as NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering.

Research presented by Professor Croft covering women in STEM professions indicates only 12 percent of hires in computing and engineering were women as of 2013.

"One of the biggest challenges for attracting women, in my experience, is in building their confidence," said Professor Elizabeth Croft, Associate Dean for Education and Professional Development, University of British Columbia. "This can be done by creating a welcoming environment and addressing their feelings of 'imposteritis,' that is, feeling like an imposter no matter how successful or established one is."