A day in the life of Girls Leadership in Engineering Experience (GLEE)
GLEE is part of the Faculty’s strategy to increase diversity, particularly gender diversity, which is a key goal of the Academic Plan. In 2014-15, women made up 30.6 per cent of the first-year class, the highest proportion of any entering engineering class in Canada.
“This is definitely an inclusive environment — a close-knit community that is welcoming to all students,” Michelle Beaton, associate director of the Engineering Student Recruitment & Retention Office, tells GLEE participants before turning the microphone over to the weekend residence advisors, upper-year engineering students who have volunteered their time to make the program a success.
“Last year, we were in the exact same boat as you are now: deciding whether or not to come to U of T for engineering,” says Lauren Reid (Year 2 EngSci), who took part in GLEE last year and has just completed her first year of Engineering Science. “After the weekend at GLEE, I can tell you that the choice was pretty easy for us.”
…A career panel made up of U of T Engineering alumnae discusses topics including what it’s like being a woman in engineering, how to integrate a career and family, and pathways available to graduates beyond engineering, including law and medicine.
“If I can be some inspiration to other people and shed some light on certain things to encourage other people to take a really exciting path, then it feels like a really great thing to do,” panellist Isi Caulder (EngSci 8T9, ElecE MASc 9T1, LLB 9T5), a partner and patent lawyer at Bereskin & Parr LLP, says of volunteering for the panel.