*by Chelsey Rhodes In 2002, Donald Rumsfeld made a silly statement in response to a question on links between Iraq and weapons of mass destruction, that continues to be quoted in business and policy spheres today: There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to … Continue reading EWB’s “Unknown Knowns”: A Round-Up of Lies, Denial, Manipulation, and Misogyny
. *Podcast now available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. Should EWB Exist? (Part II): A System of Abuse CW: abuse, institutional violence SUMMARY As the philosopher Sara Ahmed notes, "The experience of identifying and challenging abuses of power teaches us about power." Aakhil Lakhani and Chelsey Rhodes continue their conversation with … Continue reading Podcast Episode 2: “Should EWB Exist? (Part II): A System of Abuse”
In response to years of unaddressed harassment and discrimination emanating from the national headquarters of Engineers without Borders Canada (EWB), the student chapter at ÉTS (L'École de technologie supérieure, an engineering school in Montreal) has joined other university chapters across the country in boycotting the organization until they meet certain demands for transparency, apologies, … Continue reading ÉTS chapter joins boycott of Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB)
*this letter was submitted by Aakhil Lakhani, former EWB chapter president, JF, and office staff Hi Rebecca, I was interested to learn that you have taken on the leadership position on the board. I wanted to reach out with a little reminder and encouragement. I distinctly remember your response and support when I came … Continue reading An Open Letter to EWB’s New Board Chair, Rebecca Kresta
*This post was submitted by Luna Taguchi, McGill University chapter member and former chapter president CW: sexual harassment, workplace harassment, institutional retaliation Hi everyone! If you are reading this, you are either keen and staying updated with Total System Failure, or are relatively new and hoping to learn more about the situation. Welcome! I … Continue reading Dear EWB: I Believe Survivors
In one of our last posts we included a transcript from a phone call between the EWB Board Chair Cameron Charlebois, EWB Director of Policy & Community Prateek Awasthi, and EWB chapter members. In that call, both Charlebois and Awasthi assured members that the results of a review into EWB's policies/ practices would be released … Continue reading Why is EWB hiding Derek Evans’ Report?
*Link to original letter here. TO : Engineers Without Borders Canada Board of Directors FROM : Engineers Without Borders McMaster Chapter DATE : May 21, 2019 RE : Sexual violence within Engineers Without Borders Canada We, as presidents and chapter executives, are dissatisfied with the response provided by the Board of Directors and National Office … Continue reading McMaster University Chapter Joins Boycott of EWB
*This post was adapted from an email sent out to supporters and subscribers. Sign up for emails here. Dear allies and supporters, We are writing to provide an update on events since our last email. It has been 15 days since the full Board of Directors of EWB met to discuss the issues of systemic harassment, discrimination, … Continue reading EWB Continues to Fail at Everything
*Letter submitted by an Anonymous donor Dear EWB, While catching up with my daughter this mother's day, I learned of EWB's use of a non disclosure agreement and payment to silence a survivor of sexual harassment from their EWB supervisor while overseas. I also learned that EWB has retained the services of a PR … Continue reading On Mother’s Day, a Long-Time Supporter of EWB Cancels Her Donation
*This post was submitted by Erica Lee Garcia, founder of "Engineers of Tomorrow" and former EWB Venture Lead I've signed NDAs in relation to my consulting work. They are meant to protect Intellectual Property and ensure that proprietary technology and trade secrets (i.e. non-public business information) do not end up becoming public, thereby destroying … Continue reading How many NDAs has EWB encouraged/ forced people to sign over the years?