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Simon Fraser University, through the WWEST program, offers a wide variety of resources to improve diversity in STEM fields

The Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) program engages students, industry and the community to increase the participation of women and other under-represented groups in science, engineering and technology (STEM) disciplines.

WWEST’s website hosts a variety of resources including a blog, podcasts, information on upcoming events, and resources for parents, teachers and PSE institutions to support diversity in STEM. Their White Papers to advance gender diversity in STEM are in an easy-to-read, visual format which are perfect for sharing. The collection covers topics like the business case for gender diversity, gendered words in job advertisements, and bias-busting strategies.

WWEST was founded by Dr. Elizabeth Croft, the 2010-2015 NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) for British Columbia and Yukon and has now been transitioned to Dr. Lesley Shannon at Simon Fraser University, the 2015-2020 NSERC CWSE for the region.

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Online Information


WWEST Gender Diversity 101 White Papers

NSERC- Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program

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November 28, 2018
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