A Spotlight on Indigenous Engineers - by Engineers Without Borders WA
On the 8th of December, CORE hosted a special screening from Engineers Without Borders with the support of Engineers Australia. The screening formed part of West Tech Fest 2016 and focused on two engineers, Sam Shepherd from Woodside and Leon Oriti from Jacobs, as exemplars of young Aboriginal people who have pursued technical pathways in engineering in WA.
The message of inclusion and diversity resonated with members of the indigenous and non-indigenous community in engineering, drawing an exceptional turnout.
Among the attendees were leaders of the Aboriginal community, including Marie Taylor who provided a moving Welcome to Country.
The audience received some inspirational words from leaders within Engineers Without Borders, including Min Hamid, the Indigenous & Torres Straight Islander Partnership Hub Coordinator, Peter Baynard-Smith, CEO (who extended his stay in Perth to attend the event) and Sheena Ong, WA President.
Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people represent 2.5% of the population, but just 0.5% of total engineering students.
The short films featured the stories of indigenous youth Sam and Leon and their pathway into successful careers in engineering.
The screenings were followed by a live Q&A session with Sam and Leon.
It was a thought-provoking evening, exploring ideas around broader inclusion and diversity and leaving attendees with a greater understanding of what it means to be inclusive and how the community will benefit as a result.
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