By Kelly Ma
Trashy EDM music is always a crowd-pleaser once in a while. Between Despacito and Everytime We Touch, the lonely student “DJ” sitting on their laptop streaming Spotify will insert a song by the Chainsmokers to spice up the playlist. But this year, POWE, EUS Equity, and Materials have teamed up to render EDM a double-entendre: Engineering Diversity at McGill.
EDM debuted last month as an inaugural conference within the Faculty of Engineering that strives to introduce engineering students to inclusivity initiatives within STEM. Through a series of six workshops, EDM encouraged students to deliberate over topics such as intersectionality, rape culture, indigenous perspectives in STEM, and more.
Why do we need more EDM? The topics discussed are rarely touched upon within the Faculty of Engineering and EUS. While McGillians may toss around buzzwords like bad grades, there are a few students privileged enough to be well-versed in these topics. Rather than shaming those who are less privileged, those knowledgeable can help improve the quality and quantity of available information. The little we learn in FACC 100 cannot compensate for what we gain from students organizing a conference like EDM.
EDM was created to emulate the CFES Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE). McGill typically sends 5-6 delegates per year to CDE, where these delegates gain insight into measures taken to diversify and improve engineering faculties. However, these students account for less than 2% of the engineering body at McGill; therefore, EDM bridges the knowledge gap for our community.
EDM hopes to expand next year to include more presenters and of course, more students! If you’re interested, feel free to follow their Facebook page to stay updated.