Panel and Q&A: Why Should Engineers Engage Professionally with Issues of Racism and Discrimination?

September 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Often when issues of racism and discrimination come up, engineers wonder what these issues have to do with them professionally. They may personally be invested in addressing these issues, but may not see them as something to be grappled with from a professional standpoint. This makes it difficult to bring these topics to the engineering classroom or workplace. This panel is envisioned as a conversation starter within FASE on the question of “why should engineers engage professionally in efforts to eliminate racism and discrimination?”

The panelists will start the session by making brief statements addressing the question. This would then be followed by a moderated Q&A with the audience. The session will be recorded, with the option for audience members to ask questions in anonymous fashion.  


  • Tom Coyle, Associate Professor, Material Science and Engineering; Associate Director, Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies; Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Studies
  • Peter Eliot Weiss, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Engineering Communication Program & Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice
  • Marisa Sterling, P. Eng, Assistant Dean and Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Professionalism; PEO President 2020-2021
  • Savanna Blade, Student, Engineering Science, Robotics Major 2T2; Equity and Inclusivity Director, U of T Engineering Society (2019-2020); Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Lead, Orientation Week


  • Philip Asare, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice & Division of Engineering Science
  • Mikhail Burke, Dean’s Advisor on Black Inclusivity Initiatives and Student Inclusion & Transition Mentor

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