Gender Equity Ambassadors
Our team of Gender Equity Ambassadors contribute to social change and actively promote gender equity through our programs.
The Ambassadors for Gender Equity program, engages students, staff, alumni and industry to lead and create social change. Drawing on the successes and strength of the WiEIT HDR Ambassador Program, this program will develop our community to be role models, advocates and authentic leaders across all our initiatives.
Meet our Student Gender Equity Ambassadors 2020/2021
Our Ambassadors are a diverse group of students studying Engineering and IT undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at UTS. Find out who they are
We invite industry partners to engage with our Gender Equity Ambassadors by providing in-kind professional development workshops to provide them with skills for future employment and gender equity advocacy. Get in touch
Applications to become an Ambassador will open in June each year.
Why become an Ambassador?
- Create social change by contributing to gender equity in Engineering and IT
- Develop leadership, communication, team work and organisation skills
- Network with other students, alumni, industry professionals and UTS staff
- Be part of an active, inclusive and diverse community
- Volunteering hours can be recognised for the UTS Soul Award
Student Ambassadors will play the following roles:
- Consultants: Provide input on WiEIT's strategic initiatives by sharing your perspective.
- School outreach facilitators: Develop and/or facilitate workshops and projects with teachers to engage students in STEM.
- Event representatives: Develop relationships with industry partners and help us deliver great community events, including Lucy Mentoring networking evenings.
- Postgraduate and HDR Program Support: Organise school coffee hours, provide input on initiatives and mentor other students.
- Communicators: Share content on social media to increase our reach and create new content to increase our impact.
- Engagement specialists: Encourage student involvement in WiEIT events and initiatives.
Eligibility (student ambassadors)
Student Ambassadors will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Must be an undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student at the University of Technology Sydney
- All genders are welcome
- You must have at least 1 year remaining of your degree
- Capacity to consistently commit (approx. 30 hours over 1 year; equivalent of one week or half an hour per week)
- Ability to work collaboratively
- Alignment with WiEIT values
- Good communication skills
- Cross-cultural sensitivity
- Ability to build rapport
Prior contribution to Women in Engineering and IT or gender in STEM more broadly is highly valued.
Recruitment will take place in July each year, before the commencement of Spring semester and there will be a limited number of ambassador spots available. The selection process will involve:
- An online expression of interest form. Applications for 2020/2021 are now closed.
- Video interview through Vieple where you will answer 3 questions to show us your motivation and communication skills
Frequently Asked Questions
Why an Ambassador program?
Women in Engineering and IT programs are continually growing so we need a dedicated and skilled group of people to help lead and create social change. An Ambassador program will increase our sustainability, allowing us to reach more girls and women and create deeper impact.
Who can be an Ambassador?
We encourage people of all genders to be an Ambassador and will be striving for a diverse group. Our Ambassadors can be undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research students with at least 1 year remaining in their degree. We will also be creating Ambassador programs for UTS staff, industry and alumni.
How long is the Ambassador role for?
Ambassadors will be in the role for 1 year (July 2020 – July 2021) and their role may be extended after this depending on their contributions and study plans.
Can I still volunteer with WiEIT if I am not an Ambassador?
Absolutely! Ad hoc volunteering is encouraged for all and is suitable for those who do not wish to receive the skills development or commit for 30 hours over 1 year. We greatly value your contributions and will recognise your efforts accordingly at our Volunteers Celebration at the end of each year.
What’s the difference between an Ambassador and a Student Promotional Representative of UTS (SPROUT)?
SPROUTs are paid casual employees of the University who carry out coordination and marketing activities, often as a part of school outreach. Ambassadors will be representing WiEIT on a volunteer basis in the roles listed however will not bear the same responsibilities as SPROUTs.
Please get in touch with any questions.