Things that happened at EWB in 2014

*Content warning: sexual violence.  by Chelsey Rhodes Lately I have been really struggling with the reality that EWB, and the broader EWB community and alumni, simply cannot seem to care about the many people injured by the organization. I'm sad about the people who have written to me over the years (I have emails and … Continue reading Things that happened at EWB in 2014

Aakhil Lakhani legal support fund

  We've created a GoFundMe campaign to support Aakhil Lakhani's upcoming legal challenge to Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB). Please click on the link, donate, and share! "Aakhil Lakhani spoke out last year about facing sexual assault in 2013 while on a fellowship placement with Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), and then facing retaliation from … Continue reading Aakhil Lakhani legal support fund

We stand with Youth Coalition and with all survivors

  Additional disturbing allegations have become public about EWB's former Director, Prateek Awasthi. The Total System Failure team has known about these allegations (more details in the linked statement below) since March 2019, after we received a tip from an acquaintance, but did not have permission to make them public. In April 2019, Chelsey Rhodes … Continue reading We stand with Youth Coalition and with all survivors

Former Director Prateek Awasthi admits he helped EWB cover up abuse

Update: See Youth Coalition's statement on Prateek Awasthi's former membership there, and multiple sexual harassment allegations against him that were found to be substantiated. We told the EWB Board about those allegations in April 2019 after we were tipped off about them. They did nothing, even though Awasthi had by then been reported multiple times … Continue reading Former Director Prateek Awasthi admits he helped EWB cover up abuse

Farewell to the Total System Failure project

Hello everyone, This is an update that we are officially winding down the project and moving on to other things.  We won't be publishing a written report as we were unable to raise the funds to do so, and frankly, don't feel like it. (*Chelsey is working on a PhD on these topics so the … Continue reading Farewell to the Total System Failure project

Legal Support for Victims of EWB

Apologies for the delay in communicating. A lot has happened since our last update, including the Total System Failure (TSF) team receiving more disclosures of violent and discriminatory incidents at EWB. Due to the increasing volume of disclosures, we have asked a lawyer to assist us going forward, please read on for more details. Chelsey … Continue reading Legal Support for Victims of EWB

Podcast Episode 4: “WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good”

*Podcast available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good CW: abuse, institutional violence SUMMARY Aakhil Lakhani and Chelsey Rhodes, two of the co-organizers of Total System Failure, talk about the WE Charity scandal and draw comparisons with EWB.  They refer to Boris Martin (above … Continue reading Podcast Episode 4: “WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good”

You Can’t Report a System to Itself: Notes on a Collective Failure

*by Chelsey Rhodes, March 8, 2020 A big thank you to the rest of my team, the wonderful Alex, Aakhil, and Johnny, who were endlessly supportive, strategic, and brave. Thanks also to those who donated, spoke up, wrote letters, started boycotts, called for resignations, sent kind encouragement, exited the organization in protest, and signed on … Continue reading You Can’t Report a System to Itself: Notes on a Collective Failure

“Don’t Take the Whole Organization Down With You”: (Former) Chapter President Calls on Boris Martin to Resign

Hello Boris [Boris Martin is current CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada/ EWB], The last time we spoke was immediately after the EWBetter session in Ottawa at the Spring Leadership Retreat. I approached you and very directly said, to your face, that if you didn't solve the inherent issues within your management of this organization … Continue reading “Don’t Take the Whole Organization Down With You”: (Former) Chapter President Calls on Boris Martin to Resign

Podcast Episode 3: “How do You Stand Up to Your Own Organization?”

  *Podcast now available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. How do You Stand Up to Your Own Organization? CW: abuse, institutional violence SUMMARY In this episode, Aspen Murray (above right) and Juliette Escande (above left), co-presidents of the McGill University chapter of Engineers Without Borders Canada/ EWB, explain the events leading up … Continue reading Podcast Episode 3: “How do You Stand Up to Your Own Organization?”