LIMITLESS: Recognizing Minority Student Representation in Leadership Positions
The Physics and Astronomy Building was filled with enthusiasm and vigour on Sunday during ‘LIMITLESS’, a conference for recognizing the lack of minority student representation in leadership positions on campus and in the workplace.
With inspiring messages from speakers and a variety of hands-on workshops, ‘LIMITLESS’ was aimed at equipping Western students from marginalized communities with the skills and resources necessary to navigate leadership positions on campus and in their future careers.
The conference was organized by the USC's Ethnocultural Support Services, a service that tackles various social issues that limit the experiences of University students. The ESS aims to promote, embrace, and highlight diversity on campus, to maximize the educational and social experience of students from all racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds.
The ‘LIMITLESS’ conference was organized with this spirit in mind. The conference started at 8:45 a.m. and ran until 5:00 p.m., with a packed schedule of workshops and panel discussions with keynote speakers from various industrial backgrounds.
The industry panel discussions were filled with inspiring words from highly ranked panelists, including the two main keynote speakers Puneet Mann, Vice President of Customer Onboarding at Scotiabank and Carlos G. Meyer, Associate Brand Manager of General Mills, who are both Ivey Business School alumni.
“By having a conference like this we were able to bring together a diverse range of men and women and were able to cover all aspects of diversity,” commented Shairi Islam, Executive Member of the Ethnocultural Support Services.
“Everyone found someone who they could connect with and were able to find a motivation for themselves.”
The conference had some interesting workshops planned for participants, who were divided into three groups. The main themes of the workshops included topics such as networking, sustainable self-care strategies, and sharing parts of one’s identity in the workplace.
For students who want their voices heard on campus and beyond, ESS member Julia Weissenberger said, “Go for it. It's difficult being a minority student, but being the first one can be a good living example for other students to follow.”
It's much easier for students to recognize their potential as future employees, CEOs, and business owners if they can listen to the stories and lived experiences of others who have broken down barriers and fulfilled their career goals.
'LIMITLESS' teaches students of different backgrounds and nationalities that difference should not limit their educational or professional experience at Western and beyond the doors of the university.