The advocacy portfolio within the CFES has grown drastically over the past few years, with a push for a greater presence of student advocacy from our members. The advocacy team is comprised of our VP Advocacy, Social Issues Commissioner and advocacy working group.
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CFES DOCUMENT OF STANCES
The Document of Stances summarizes the CFES’ official member-approved stances to
outline advocacy efforts in various aspects of the engineering student experience.
“The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students believes that the accreditation system for Canadian engineering programs should protect the interests of engineering students by ensuring a high and consistent standard for the quality of their education and by involving student voices in the process of accreditation visits and the development of accreditation criteria”
“The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students believes that as the future engineers of a global society, Canadian engineering students should have the opportunity to take elective language skills courses as part of their undergraduate degree program.”
STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH & WORKLOAD
“The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students believes that engineering students confront negative mental health outcomes at rates exceeding the general population as a consequence of the structure and workload demands of their programs.”
“The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students believes that sustainability is
an essential consideration in engineering practice, and believes it is necessary
to educate and engage its members on issues of sustainability, while also
evaluating and improving the sustainability of its own practices.”
QUALITY OF ENGINEERING INTERNSHIPS
“The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students believes that the quality of engineering internship programs across Canada is inconsistent
and often substandard, and that engineering programs have a responsibility to revise their practices in order to offer students a better value for their program fees.”
EQUITY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
“The CFES believes that diversity in higher education and the workforce promotes a better exchange of ideas and effectively leads to higher-caliber results. The CFES further believes that a more inclusive environment is essential to closing the gaps that systemically exist across the engineering profession.”
- National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women (2021)
“The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students believes that the quality of remote and hybrid engineering education should be consistent with that of in-person instruction. The CFES believes that the quality of engineering education, including but not limited to access to mental health and learning resources, has been compromised because
of remote education. “
CFES NATIONAL SURVEYS
2020-2021 TERM NATIONAL SURVEY
Due to the devastating effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the 2020-2021 CFES team conducted the first ever national CFES survey to ask students how they are coping with the pandemic and what they would like to see the CFES do to advocate for them.
2021-2022 TERM NATIONAL SURVEY
The CFES national survey is closed. Results coming soon!