On January 27th 2024, Dr. Viau joined Dr. Cynthia Cruickshank (Associate Dean EDI, Faculty of Engineering and Design) at the 2nd Annual EngiQueers Conference, which was hosted this year by Carleton University.

Over three days, industry professionals, member groups, and student leaders transferred knowledge, discussed challenges student advocacy groups face, and provided tangible ways to address them.

Dr. Viau and Dr. Cruickshank were each invited to give a talk of their own on their personal journey and lived experiences as it pertains to the principles and application of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Also, the efforts and initiatives being brought forward at the Faculty of Engineering and Design of Carleton University, through the EDI Council and the FED EDI Action Plan, were presented and discussed; many fruitful discussions and suggestions provided by the participants.

Truly a great and important experience, happy to have been invited!

To learn more about EngiQueers Canada, and how they are making a difference for 2SLGBTQIA+ students studying engineering, check out their website! Learn about Carleton University’s chapter here!

Drs. Cruickshank and Viau

Drs. Cruickshank and Viau spending time at the 2024 EngiQueers Conference (Photo courtesy of EngiQueers Canada)