On February 24, 2018, U of T Engineering hosted three chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for the group’s NSBE Region 1 East Canada Zone conference.
Forty-nine high school students, university students and young professionals came together for panel discussions, career development workshops and networking sessions focused on NSBE’s mission “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”
“The day exceeded my expectations,” said Nicole Deterville (Year 3 ChemE + PEY), East Canada Zone secretary for NSBE U of T and co-organizer of the conference. “We were able to run workshops for both high school and collegiate students that allowed them to learn more about engineering and the steps they needed to take for their future, whether it was applying for university or landing their first job. The collegiate and professionals in attendance were able to indulge in deep conversation during our panel discussion on the topic of ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’ which many noted as being the highlight of the event.”
The conference also included many hands-on activities that explore a wide range of engineering topics led by the U of T Engineering Outreach team, aimed at inspiring high school students to consider pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the post-secondary level.
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