Lessons Learned : The Journeys of STEM-educated Immigrant women

Category
2019, Digital/Online, TechGirls Canada
Tags
digital online exhibition, Immigrant Women, Labour Market Integration, STEM
About This Project

Date: Summer 2019

Partner: TechGirls Canada

Location: www.techgirls.ca

Project Members: Randa Tukan

 
Lessons Learned: The Journeys of STEM-Educated Immigrant Women is a collaborative online exhibition that shares the stories of five STEM-educated women who immigrated from their home countries of India, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to build a new life for themselves and their families, and to continue to develop their own careers. They each share their experience of settling into Canada, figuring out the system, building a support network, and forming the foundation of their current careers. The exhibition seeks to raise awareness around the gaps in the new immigrants’ labour market integration process and systemic challenges faced during transition. It is intended to encourage a larger conversation about how new immigrants, potential employers, the settlement and government sectors, and the general public can look beyond jobs and job finding process to reflect on issues of fairness and belonging through increased understanding, empathy, and inclusivity. We intend to continue adding more journeys from across Canada. You can share your story, provide insight, engage with the conversation and affect positive change through TechGirls.
 
The exhibition seeks to raise awareness around the gaps in the new immigrants’ labour market integration process and systemic challenges faced during transition. It is intended to encourage a larger conversation about how new immigrants, potential employers, the settlement and government sectors, and the general public can look beyond jobs and job finding process to reflect on issues of fairness and belonging through increased understanding, empathy, and inclusivity.
 
We intend to continue adding more journeys from across Canada. You can share your story, provide insight, engage with the conversation and affect positive change through TechGirls.
 
The project is a collaborative effort between TechGirls Canada, the University of Toronto Faculty of Information, and five STEM-educated immigrant women, working within their respective fields in the Greater Toronto area, who generously shared their personal stories for this online exhibition. This project was also made possible with the support of the School of Cities and Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.