Engineering Safe Spaces: From Bystanders to Allies | October 8, 2018

Pillars: Inclusive

In order to do our best work, it’s important for everyone to feel comfortable and safe in the workplace. Unfortunately, even in the engineering/tech industries, situations of workplace harassment and discrimination can occur. People of all gender identities can experience sexual harassment at work, and its negative consequences include power imbalances, perpetuation of the industry gender gap, and embarrassment and shame for the victims. Through this interactive workshop, participants learned how they can be allies to their colleagues who experience this kind of treatment, and practiced bystander intervention strategies that will help create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for everyone in industry. 


About the Presenters:

Mark Geniza is a Product Engineer at Inpria Corporation, an Oregon State University Department of Chemistry spin-out. Mark is a 2017 graduate of Oregon State University where he was involved in the CBEE student club, and the College of Engineering Leadership Academy throughout his undergraduate time. Mark had internships in the construction, nuclear and sportswear industries during his time at OSU and he currently works in the semiconductor industry living in Corvallis.

Sydney Quinton-Cox worked in the Bay Area for a year as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry where she started as an Automation Engineer and was most recently a Project Engineer at Boehringer Ingelheim and Genentech. Sydney is a 2017 graduate of Oregon State University where she was a CBEE Club President, Engineering Student Council Officer, and an active member of the Leadership Academy. Sydney now resides in the Bay Area with another OSU alumni, where they hope to become the next great startup to come out of a Silicon Valley garage.