Last week, RMIT supported International Women's Day by hosting various events around campus and online. These events consisted of activities such as sport, workshops and an entrepreneurial mindset panel. The events that took place touched on the theme "changing climates" which promotes gender equality whilst recognising the contribution of women and girls worldwide.
RMIT sport held an IWD event at A'Beckett Urban Square to celebrate all the women in sport at RMIT. The event consisted of free coffee, keep cups and games of netball, hockey, basketball and futsal. The day was a success and it was great to see students trying out new sports and also enjoying the company of peers while being active.
Banner Making Workshop + IWD March
RMIT's RUSU Women's department held an afternoon tea to encourage conversation and to network with other students from all genders. There was a banner-making workshop before the Women's March in which students created their banners with messages and artwork. The banners stood out at the march as they were very creative and was great to have RMIT representation. Check out more photos from the day on RUSU's Instagram account.
Women in leadership mentoring workshop
The RMIT Mentoring team hosted a workshop that provided 9 female mentors from a variety of industry and leadership roles. Topics that were spoken about were how to build your professional network, connect with students, and gave career guidance and confidence. Students were split into smaller groups with the mentors which gave students more of an opportunity to ask questions and make the most of the event.
Hasangi Somatilaka, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering student said “It was really inspiring to hear how females in industry today are paving the way for young generations of women to follow their footpaths.”
Jessie Kennewell, Marketing student said “The enthusiasm and passion from the mentors was great! I appreciate the time given by the mentors to ask questions and that they were transparent.”
Emily Brocoy, Business Administration student said “I love the insights shared by the mentors, especially sharing their own personal and professional experiences on how they became successful in their own field.”
IWD Expert Series: Entrepreneurial Mindset
The final event of the week was the Entrepreneurial Mindset event, which welcomed Rachael Vorwerk, Danielle Teychenne and Rhianna Knight. The guest speakers spoke about their ideas to solve sustainability issues. We spoke to Rachael Vorwerk about the event and RMIT.
“It was a pleasure to speak with my fellow FireThrive Co-Founder, Danielle Teychenne, at the International Women’s Day event this year, to celebrate the excellent work that is being done in the startup space at RMIT.”
“I am very thankful for the internships, research work, startup programs, and excellent workplace culture that I experience at RMIT.”
Story by RMIT Student Jack Glasson.
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