Since 1981, the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) has been advocating for increased diversity and representation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Over the years, SCWIST’s commitment to these core goals has evolved to encompass the comprehensive IDEAS framework, consisting of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Sustainability.
The inherent interconnectivity of IDEAS in STEM is pivotal for shaping a future where STEM not only advances rapidly but does so ethically, equitably and sustainably.
Inclusion and diversity are catalysts for innovation, helping foster environments where a multitude of perspectives can address societal challenges while pushing the boundaries of what is achievable within the STEM sectors.
Equity and accessibility are integral to ensuring that the benefits of STEM contribute to improving quality of life worldwide. An inclusive and accessible STEM landscape also addresses the digital divide, allowing innovations to be distributed more equally.
The IDEAS framework also places sustainability at its core, guiding responsible development in STEM by considering long-term environmental and social impacts.
SCWIST actively champions these principles through programs like MakePossible mentorship, Make DIVERSITY Possible to create inclusive work environments, STEM Forward to address systemic challenges and the SCWIST Job Board and Career Fair to connect diverse talent with STEM opportunities.
IDEAS is an essential compass for navigating the future of innovation in STEM. By embracing these principles, we can ensure that progress in STEM serves as a force for sustainable growth and prosperity for all.
Learn more at scwist.ca.