Theme 3: Engineering for Everyone

Engineering teams solve complex problems, and complex problems require diverse and inclusive perspectives. Queen’s Engineering must prepare its students to graduate ready to tackle grand challenges – which will require inclusive, equitable, and expansive thinking that welcomes all backgrounds and perspectives.

We will build on our exemplary support services and current successes we are showing in the recruitment and retention of women students and faculty. Recruitment efforts to diversify the existing and future student body are already underway through initiatives such as the Indigenous Futures in Engineering program, First Generation Pathways initiative, institutional and student outreach activities, and others.

Re-thinking engineering education, and what it means to be an engineer, means ensuring that all students feel seen and represented. We understand that equity is not a goal to be reached, but a mindset of permanent evolution that increases our breadth of compassion and understanding continuously.

All our preceding initiatives drive toward this end: reframing research as multidisciplinary and comprehensive. Recalibrating our curriculum and learning and research spaces to foster inquiry and curiosity across disciplines. These are goals in and of themselves, but also further the effort to make engineering a field that can adapt and serve social projects that are embraced by a diverse group of current and future students.

Queen’s Engineering recruits top talent to our student body, in Canada and around the world. The Faculty needs to become even more competitive and attractive for curious students, both undergraduate and graduate, from diverse backgrounds. Our hiring practices must shift as well, to ensure a more diverse student body is supported by greater diversity and equity among our staff and faculty.

Engineeing for Everyone double-e identity

Many of the Strategic Actions detailed in this theme relate to our Engineering for Everyone initiative. Launched in 2021, Engineering for Everyone is how Queen's Engineering is working toward a more diverse and inclusive community – to make our learning and working environment better, and to advance the practice of engineering.