#UWCeilingBreakers: Challenging the status quo

Monday, November 23, 2015

Waterloo ceiling breakers magazine cover, owning an assortment of engineering womenA missing umbrella is no big deal until it rains. An executive panel full of male faces may be accepted without a second thought, until someone has the audacity to question the absence of diverse voices.

Unintentional bias is like that. It’s a part of our culture that feels so comfortable that we tend not to notice. It becomes engrained in our social norms, so that non-normative items or individuals are overlooked, dismissed or somehow seen as lacking.

The Fall 2015 issue of Waterloo Magazine is part of a growing wave of initiatives aimed at changing and challenging norms that have for too long excluded more than half of the population.

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