The Own It campaign is an effort to ensure that every member of our campus community feels respected and included, no matter who they are. Engineers, on the whole, are a pretty tolerant bunch, but we tend to avoid conversations about the "tough" issues - mental health, gender biases in our field, inclusion of international students, etc. The point of the campaign is to bring those types of real dialogues to North Campus in order to improve our culture as a student body.
Our first event is a panel discussion on the topic Leading Inclusion in Corporate America, this Thursday, 11/21, at 6pm in Chesebrough Auditorium in Chrysler Center (N. Campus). The topic of discussion is how being an inclusive leader is a great way to create a high-performing technical team, with a special emphasis on inclusion of individuals who are LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning). We have two great speakers from industry, and the Dean of Engineering will be making an appearance as well.
It's very important for the health of the campaign that this first event is a success, and by attending, you show support for your LGBTQ classmates here in the college. A strong first event will build momentum to spark conversations on other issues, since the Own It campaign is for everyone, not just LGBTQ students.
No RSVP is required, but if you think you might attend, shoot me an email (email@example.com) just so I can have a rough idea how many people are going to be there. If you are super passionate about the idea of making our campus culture more inclusive, now is a great time to get involved with the campaign as a leader or volunteer - talk to me on Thursday or email me and we will get you plugged in right away.
I really hope to see many of you on Thursday. If you would like a free Own It t-shirt, stop by and see me in the Dude connector tomorrow (Wednesday).