Engineering School Launches Challenge to Achieve Gender Balance

Posted on March 4th, 2015

Gender has been identified as a determinant of health and wellbeing, along with freedom from discrimination and access to/level of education- which is a key factor in income levels and economic resources lifelong.

York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering has invested $1.5 million to reach their 50:50 gender goal.  With the launch of the challenge, York University aims to become the first engineering school in Canada to reach an equal gender balance.

“Achieving a 50:50 gender balance should be a necessity for every engineering school. It is the single most significant change we can make to improve engineering education in Canada,” said Janusz Kozinski, founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering, as he unveiled the Lassonde 50:50 Challenge.

“If we can get more women involved in designing and building the foundations of our lives – our cities, our health, our infrastructure – we will all benefit. Engineering can be and should be 50:50,” he added.

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