Dr. Eden Hennessey (she/her) is a Social Psychologist who researches and mobilizes knowledge related to diversity promotion and discrimination reduction. Her most recent work assesses the consequences of confronting gender bias in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Dr. Hennessey advocates for equity and inclusion on university campuses and combines arts with data to impact world-wide audiences. She is deeply committed to her work as the Manager of the Student Centre for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CSEDI) at Wilfrid Laurier University and as the Research and Programs Director of the Laurier Centre for Women in Science (WinS).
Title: Women and Girls in STEAM: Engineering Inclusion
Abstract: Have you ever thought about who pursues engineering and why?
This interactive talk presents research evidence on the experiences of women and girls in engineering, highlighting the variety of factors that contribute to gender imbalance. Social Psychologist Dr. Eden Hennessey utilizes data and images from a recent photo-research exhibit to illuminate the stories of diverse women in engineering professions. Finally, attendees will learn about actions that promote inclusion in science and technology, so that all people can see themselves as engineers.
Panel Discussions and Workshops:
- Effective high school outreach models
- Building inclusive experiences for engineering students
- Positive co-op and internship experiences for all