Hello! We’re the TRUSU Lean In — Leadership for Gender Equality Club. If you’d like to be part of a meaningful impact project, we hope that you’ll join us to work on the completion of our Empower Project! The project will empower underprivileged female youth and TRU students in financial need to referee a sport of their choice. Refereeing will encourage participation in physical activity, provide work experience, and income. Most sports allow children to start officiating at the age of twelve. This will give young participants a lot of time to save for their tuition! Not only does the Empower Project provide a form of economic empowerment, but it will also help to ‘level the playing field’. Did you know that there are disproportionately less female referees in sport than men? That 1 in 3 Canadian girls stop participating in sports by their late teens? Or that The Harvard Business Review mentioned that a mere 5.2% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women? Our project’s mentorship component is designed to build confidence in young women and girls. As well as, support their leadership development.
It’s been a long journey since the Empower Project was conceptualized in 2016 & our main goal is to finally complete it within the next two years! The Empower Project will be funded with the money raised on March 8th 2017 from hosting: 1) Empower Conference on Health, Wellness, Gender Equality and Leadership; 2) Empower Ignited; 3) and the generous donation from the Women of TRU! When time permits, we also help raise awareness about the unconscious gender bias. As well as, dive into self-development topics such as public speaking, communication and assertive language, health and wellness, women in sports #LevelTheField, bystander intervention training, women in the workplace and leadership development.
Here’s a breakdown of our club’s action:
– Feb 2nd 2017: We hosted a donut giveaway in the International Building to help with recruiting new club members.
– March 8th 2017: We hosted Thompson Rivers University’s 1st International Women’s Day Conference (Empower Conference on Health, Wellness, Gender Equality and Leadership) to raise money for our Empower Project.
– March 8th 2017: We hosted the “Empower Ignited” event to raise money for our Empower Project.
– September 2017: We sponsored the catering for the Kamloops Innovation Centre’s Women In Tech event.
– October 2017: We hosted a ‘Sushi Mixer’ club event to help raise awareness about the unconscious gender bias and facilitate a safe environment for meaningful discussion.
– Nov 23, 2017: We served as a volunteer host for a youth-led not-for-profit based out of Toronto, hosting their United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Training event in Kamloops. The event featured The Hunger Project’s Representative to the United Nations.
– July 2019: With the help of Rotary and our student union, two club representatives gave presentations—on the topics of gender equality and leadership—to delegates from over 27 countries at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards North America Conference in Washington, DC, USA.
Our members want to make an impact & help to achieve the social, economic, and political equality of the sexes. We are feminists, but we are not “man-haters.” In fact, a large portion of our club members are men who believe in UN Women’s #HeForShe campaign & want to strengthen their ability to be allies. We welcome everyone & hope you’ll consider our monthly meetings a safe place and supportive environment to learn and grow together. We invite you to #LeanInTogetherTRU!