QueerTech Partners with EngiQueers, Providing More Opportunities to 2SLGBTQ+ students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Montréal, March 16th, 2022 - Collaboration is a critical component of increasing the impact of QueerTech’s successful events and expanding their ongoing support for the 2SLGBTQ+ community within STEM. This is why QueerTech is excited to announce that they have partnered with EngiQueers (EQ) Canada, a national non-profit organization that represents over 30 engineering member groups at universities across Canada. EngiQueer Canada's three main focuses are professional development, education and advocacy and education, and building social connections. To achieve these goals, EQ Canada provides equity, diversity and allyship training at all the Canada-wide Engineering Conferences as well as to all our partners. We also host fundraisers to support Queer Initiatives and host networking events throughout the year for students to connect with industry members.
With a combined mission to empower Queer people to claim their space within the tech community and have their voices heard, both organizations hope that this partnership will help bridge the gap and support 2SLGBTQ+ students by building social and professional connections.
“EngiQueers Canada's three main focuses are professional development, education and advocacy and education, and building social connections.” Says Samarth Bhardwaj (They/Them), Western Regional Director at EngiQueer. “By working together with QueerTech, we can further these goals.” With this new partnership, EQ Canada and QueerTech will be able to provide better events and support to their communities by connecting experienced mentors and speakers with individuals who need help developing their skills. EQ Canada can help bring students and early professionals into the picture, talking about the issues and challenges they face while QueerTech brings experienced, queer professionals who can provide lived experiences to support and address potential concerns. “Together we can identify and help fill the gaps.” Says Bhardwaj.
“We are very excited to partner with EngiQueer to queer the tech ecosystem in Canada. We see this partnership as a great opportunity to introduce Engineer Queer Students from universities across Canada to the tech ecosystem.” Says Naoufel Testaouni (He/Him), CEO at QueerTech.
The two organizations are excited to support students in their professional development to access the job market, build a network and find mentors. EngiQueers Canada is honoured to be included in QueerTech’s ongoing programming such as the QT Connect Café, Qareers Virtual Fair, PrideHacks and to be given the opportunity to share their perspective and insights in upcoming blogs.
Contact Naoufel Testaouni [email protected] for any questions or comments