Building community in STEM through the HeForShe IMPACT scholarship

Ankita Mishra

Ankita Mishra, one of the 6 winners of the HeForShe IMPACT scholarship (Photo courtesy of the University of Waterloo)

Curiosity and a thirst for knowledge is what caused first year student, Ankita Mishra, to pursue a Computer Science degree at the University of Waterloo. Ankita is one of the six recipients of the 2016 HeForShe IMPACT scholarship, which is a part of the University of Waterloo’s IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative to advance gender equality.

Pursing a degree in Computer Science was a natural progression for Ankita.

I was always curious as a kid and as a teenager. My experience in STEM started out with my love for Physics and Math. I always enjoyed listening to Richard Feynman marvelling over the excitement that Physics brings to the world."

Ankita sees HeForShe as a community, one that encourages women to pursue their passions and careers, and shows them that all is possible. Seeing HeForShe create an environment of positivity and self-confidence for girls inspires her and her journey to becoming the best programmer she can be. She hopes that by receiving the IMPACT scholarship she can inspire other girls to be uninhibited and pursue a career of their choice.

HeForShe will make a world of difference because it motivates young girls and makes them believe that they belong to the world of STEM and are welcomed in it. It lets them know that they aren’t alone or secluded; instead they have a huge community by their side if they need them. I want to let them know that they have the capability to excel in STEM related careers and there are many people who are willing to support and encourage them in their endeavours."

HeForShe is the UN solidarity movement that promotes the need for gender equality in today’s world. The Writing Centre is hosting a writing contest as a part of University’s commitment to HeForShe IMPACT10x10x10 initiative. Make sure to submit your poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by the October 14 deadline.      

This is the third in a series of features on the UWaterloo life blog  will be promoting HeForShe.

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