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A new project aims to explore how EWB Australia can support the growth of First Nations STEM leaders of the future.

EWB believes that to solve the challenges faced by the world today and into the future, engineering must be redefined as a socio-technical profession. It must also have a higher representation of women, people from remote and regional areas, those from low-socioeconomic communities, migrants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Individuals within each of these groups bring with them lived experience, diverse approaches and different ways of knowing. These experiences and viewpoints are, and will continue to be, critical to creating a future that is fit for all people, protects and regenerates the planet and delivers impactful innovation.

As part of EWB Australia’s commitment to advancing reconciliation and creating positive outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, EWB is embarking on a project – Reimagining Pathways.

The Reimagining Pathways project aspires to build organisational awareness of the eco-system that impacts and enables a higher representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in engineering, STEM learning and STEM vocations. And, in doing so, identify areas in which EWB Australia and it’s partners can leverage its strengths to support the development of a growing pipeline of aspiring First Nations STEM leaders into the future.

The project will engage with a range of stakeholders including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives (existing partners, engineering and STEM professionals), EWB volunteers, program staff, educators, community development practitioners and STEM organisations. It will facilitate knowledge sharing between the people and organisations that are working in these areas to consolidate what is known, distil insights, identify gaps and co-create opportunities where EWB can deliver value and effective support.

As part of this project, EWB Australia will undertake research, semi-structured interviews, focus group sessions and co-creation workshops with key stakeholders from November 2020 to May 2021.

EWB Australia is excited to share that they will be collaborating with the Indigenous Engineers Group of Engineers Australia as part of this project.

If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engineering/STEM professional or an organisation with experience in this space and would like to contribute or learn more about the project please register your interest here. If you would like to contribute your insights and experience, suggest an organisation or individual for the project to connect with or keep up to date as the project develops please register your interest here.

The project is supported through the generosity of Bindy and David Koadlow.

Project Update | March 2021

EWB Australia has completed an initial literature review and working project paper as part of the project.  

This working project paper summarises a review of key learnings and themes from academic and practice focused literature. The paper will be shared with project stakeholders as part of the context exploration, knowledge sharing and visioning phases of the project to support framing and prompt discussion & reflection. The working paper or iterations thereof, will evolve to address gaps and incorporate insights and knowledge distilled from people’s lived experiences and practice throughout the duration of the project.

Themes and insights noted in this paper, revealed through further research and shared in stakeholder discussions have and will be summarised ongoing in a live visual diagram located here.

If you would like to provide comments or learn more, please contact j.bell@ewb.org.au

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