WISE Works! 2019 Keynote Presentation

Dr. Donna Hurlburt: Keynote Sept. 30, 2019

WISE Works! A Career Mentoring Event

To support WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Acadia’s priority of mentoring students, the third biannual WISE Works! was held on September 30th from 4:45 to 7:30 pm in the Fountain Commons. WISE Works! provided an opportunity for students from all academic programs to talk with female alumni in STEAM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Since the summer of 2019, a WISE Works! Planning Group put together this student-centred event to provide career mentoring to students, an on-going priority originally identified by WISE Acadia in 2014.

The popular program began with a plenary given by Acadia alumna, Conservation Biologist Dr. Donna Hurlburt MSc ’97, who many will remember as the former Aboriginal Student Advisor at Acadia. Donna is now employed by the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry as the Manager of Biodiversity and she spoke to those in attendance about her career path. Immediately following the plenary there was an opportunity for the students in attendance to talk with some of the sixteen WISE Advisors. Set up in a speed-meeting style, students were able to talk with up to six WISE Advisers about their careers, including how the liberal education provided by Acadia was important to their success. The WISE Acadia Alumni who participated on September 30th graduated from thirteen Schools and Departments at Acadia University, spanning the Faculties of Pure and Applied Science, Professional Studies, and Arts.

The WISE Works! Planning Group, which was made up of faculty and students, was very pleased with the alumni response to participation in the event, and we appreciated the grant received from the Associated Alumni of Acadia University (AAAU) to support the success of the event. There was a significant turnout of faculty, staff, and students, at the event. We anticipate the next WISE Works! will be held in the fall of 2021.