ONWiE, CWSE-ON, and Girl Guides of Canada Partnership

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2011-03-01

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Veltman, M.

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The Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Ontario (CWSE-ON) works to increase the participation of women of all ages in science and engineering. Partnerships, such as the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE), play a key role in the program. ONWiE includes representatives from each of 15 engineering faculties in Ontario. The Chair acts as a focal point for sharing resources, etc. One success of the ONWiE partnership is Go ENG Girl/ GÉNIales, les filles, an event offered to girls in Grades 7- 10. The 2010 event was held at 11 locations across Ontario and engaged more than 1000 participants. Although there are common program elements, each locale tailors components to highlight unique aspects of their engineering programs. Recently ONWiE members decided to offer an 'Engineering Badge Day'� to Girl Guides. This expands the impact of ONWiE to a wider age range. As with Go ENG Girl, the Badge Day offers rich learning opportunities through hands-on activities, discussions with female engineering students and faculty and campus tours. CWSE-ON staff support the Badge Day by working with Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council to connect ONWiE members with local Guide units, distributing resources (largely through the ONWiE website) and coordinating with Engineering Month organizers. The ONWiE–CWSE-ON partnership has been successful because of commitment to the common goal of increasing the participation of women in engineering, significant volunteer efforts and coordination provided by CWSE-ON. This collection of 52 posters was presented at the Partnership Practices: Working with Community, Industry and Government event. This event was designed to highlight community-university partnerships for research and other purposes from across the university and community at a one-day event held at the Quebec Street Mall in the City of Guelph, Ontario. The website for the event and all resources is www.csahs.uoguelph.ca/pps


The Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Ontario (CWSE-ON) works to increase the participation of women of all ages in science and engineering. Partnerships, such as the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE), play a key role in the program. ONWiE includes representatives from each of 15 engineering faculties in Ontario. The Chair acts as a focal point for sharing resources, etc. One success of the ONWiE partnership is Go ENG Girl/ GÉNIales, les filles, an event offered to girls in Grades 7- 10. The 2010 event was held at 11 locations across Ontario and engaged more than 1000 participants. Although there are common program elements, each locale tailors components to highlight unique aspects of their engineering programs. Recently ONWiE members decided to offer an 'Engineering Badge Day'� to Girl Guides. This expands the impact of ONWiE to a wider age range. As with Go ENG Girl, the Badge Day offers rich learning opportunities through hands-on activities, discussions with female engineering students and faculty and campus tours. CWSE-ON staff support the Badge Day by working with Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council to connect ONWiE members with local Guide units, distributing resources (largely through the ONWiE website) and coordinating with Engineering Month organizers. The ONWiE–CWSE-ON partnership has been successful because of commitment to the common goal of increasing the participation of women in engineering, significant volunteer efforts and coordination provided by CWSE-ON.

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The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) created a program of five regional Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) in 1996.The mandate of this program is broad, with objectives to address both the need to encourage girls and women into science and engineering careers, and the retention of women as valuable contributors to science and engineering. Valerie Davidson, Professor in the School of Engineering, University of Guelph held the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Ontario from 2003 to 2011. She and her team developed the CWSE-ON program which focused on three different audiences: Early Enthusiasts - students in elementary and high school; Interested Intellectuals - women in undergraduate and graduate studies who are preparing for further education or careers in science and technology; and Productive Professionals - women in science and technology professions with a particular focus on women in the academy. Since Valerie has completed her term as Ontario Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, CWSE-ON resources have been placed in the Atrium for the others to use. The materials are organized by audience as well as general themes. The CWSE-ON program was supported by NSERC, Hewlett-Packard Canada (2003-2008) and Research in Motion (2008-2011).
This collection of 52 posters was presented at the Partnership Practices: Working with Community, Industry and Government event. This event was designed to highlight community-university partnerships for research and other purposes from across the university and community at a one-day event held at the Quebec Street Mall in the City of Guelph, Ontario. The website for the event and all resources is www.csahs.uoguelph.ca/pps

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partnership practices, girls, engineering, NGO partners, cross-province approach, leveraging shared resources, models, partnerships with associations, University of Guelph, abstract, poster

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