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SPECTRUM 2021: Bridging gender gaps in the field of engineering

On June 21-26, the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology Student Council (CEAT SC) will conduct its first installment of the Gender Minorities Awareness Week, with the theme, “SPECTRUM 2021: Bridging Gender Gaps in the Field of Engineering.”

Publication material from CEATSC

On June 21-26, the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology Student Council (CEAT SC) will conduct its first installment of the Gender Minorities Awareness Week, with the theme, “SPECTRUM 2021: Bridging Gender Gaps in the Field of Engineering.”

         SPECTRUM 2021, a call for celebrating gender diversity in the engineering field,  was created in place of the council’s promise to provide safer and more inclusive spaces for every student inside the College and to raise awareness of the different struggles of gender minorities in integrating into fields traditionally dominated by men. 

         In a message by Cj Salayo, SPECTRUM’s Project Head, he mentioned that nothing is as important as taking up spaces in a world where discriminatory structures dictate the norm. “Through collective action and our active incentive to break down the structures that hinder inclusion and gender equality, we can contribute to a better world where everyone feels safe and valid,” he said.

         The week-long event has six (6) activities in light of the different objectives the Council set for this initiative. To appreciate and recognize gender minorities in the engineering field, SPECTRUM includes Take Up Space, an event that features gender minorities who thrived in the engineering field. Additionally, there will be a day allotted for pronouns awareness and appreciation for LGBT+ individuals who want to be seen and validated.

         To break the gender stereotypes in what LGBT+ individuals and women could do, CEAT SC will also hold a Valorant and Mobile Legends E-Sports Tournament on June 23-24, exclusive to LGBT+ individuals and women inside the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology. The winners for both tournaments will receive up to P2,000 worth of prizes. The deadline for team registration is June 19, 2021, with the complete details posted on the SPECTRUM Page.

         To celebrate the talents of LGBT+ individuals in competitions that are safer and more appreciative of their skills, SPECTRUM also includes literary writing, photography, and visual arts making contests, which are exclusive to LGBTQ+ students in the College. The deadline for entries is June 18, 2021, with the complete details posted on the SPECTRUM Facebook Page. The entries will be featured on the same page on June 22, 2021. The winners of the said competitions will receive up to P2,000 worth of prizes.

         Lastly, SPECTRUM 2021 also includes a series of webinars that aim to raise awareness of the struggles of gender minorities in the engineering field and how we can take part in providing safer spaces to these individuals. These events will be conducted on Zoom and will be live-streamed on Facebook.

         The first webinar is “SOGIE Ka Na Ba? An Educational Discussion on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression,” which aims to raise awareness on the spectrum existing in gender and sexuality, especially on professors who encounter different sets of students every day. The CEAT SC believes that attending the said educational discussion will expand the professors’ knowledge on the spectrum that exists in gender and sexuality and contribute to giving validation to their students who are exploring or accepting themselves. Additionally, it will teach the participants how to address their students in class rightfully without the risk of misgendering or invalidating their identities. The webinar will happen on June 25 at 7 PM.

         The second webinar is entitled “LAVARN: A Webinar on Gender Inclusivity and Safe Spaces in STEM,” which aims to discuss the situations that enable discrimination against gender minorities and provide ways to help these people handle and cope with these situations. Additionally, it will also discuss the efforts of government agencies to mainstream gender in their fields and how they positively contributed to agencies’ success. The webinar will happen on June 26 at 2 PM.

         The complete details, including the description, guidelines, and registration links of each event, can be accessed on the Spectrum 2021 Facebook page.

CEAT SC, the highest governing student body of the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT) students in the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), is composed of non-affiliated students and members of different organizations within the college. It aims to promote students’ rights and welfare, hone the skills and talents of its constituents, help stimulate the students’ academic performance, and promote camaraderie among different organizations.

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