Supporting UVic Engineering and Computer Science students on Giving Tuesday

Two side-by-side photos show: two students working indoors on the electrical components of a hybrid race car; three people in the desert prepare a rocket for launch.
Students work on a vehicle built by UVic Hybrid. Members of the UVic Rocketry team compete in New Mexico in 2018

2020 December – A message from Acting Dean Peter Wild

A head-and-shoulders image of Wild standing outdoors
Acting Dean Peter Wild

Today is Giving Tuesday and I’d like to encourage our entire faculty and wider community of friends and partners to consider supporting two very worthwhile causes focused on our amazing students.

The first is a new fund designed to support to student-led initiatives that champion equity, diversity and inclusion within the faculty; the second will benefit our competitive teams, which provide students with so many opportunities to develop their skills.

Giving Tuesday is the annual global celebration of philanthropy that inspires people to support their favorite causes in any way they can. It takes place today – Tuesday, Dec. 1 – for just 24 hours.

To get the ball rolling at UVic Engineering and Computer Science, I’ve personally just donated $50 to each of these funds.

Here’s some more information on the two funds – I hope you’ll join me in supporting them.

Contribute to the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Fund

Alumna Anna Stukas spearheaded this new fund to support students in their efforts to champion equity, diversity and inclusion. Stukas, who graduated from Mechanical Engineering in 2014, believes that diversity within engineering – whether in terms of gender, culture, nationality or sexual orientation – helps ensure that any solutions developed will better address the needs of all segments of society.

To make a contribution, please go to our Giving Tuesday webpage and in the pull-down menu, select Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Fund.

Contribute to student teams

For many students, participating in one of the faculty’s many competitive team is a way to put into practice the skills they’ve learn in the classroom, while also building experience in communication, collaboration, leadership and professionalism. To date, our student teams have designed and built rockets, satellites, race cars, hybrid engines, concrete canoes and submarines, to name just a few.

To make a contribution, go to the same Giving Tuesday webpage and in the pull-down menu, select Engineering Students’ Society (ESS)/Fred Cinkant Endowment, which supports our student teams.

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