Marisa Sterling is the first Assistant Dean, Inclusivity and Diversity, at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. Currently only 25 percent of undergrad engineering students are female. Marisa’s mission is to make Lassonde School the first engineering school in Canada to reach gender parity.
“Gender diversity drives innovation because there is access to more talent,” Marisa said. “There is a financial payoff. When women are on boards, it has been found that there is a 26 percent increase in return on investment.”
How can we encourage more females to choose engineering? Marisa said scholarships for female STEM students help, including UWCNY’s. And further support is provided at the Lassonde School; Marisa instigated a project where first year female students are mentored by upper year ones.
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