Soundous Ettayebi is the Indigenous Outreach Coordinator at UBC's Geering Up Engineering Outreach. Geering Up's mandate is to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to youth across British Columbia regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status through a variety of engaging and hands on programming. In her role, Soundous works to make STEM education more accessible to Indigenous youth in the province through her team's delivery of in class workshops and summer camps. Her team works closely with a number of Indigenous communities to incorporate their unique histories and traditional teachings into programming. Through these collaborations, students see the value in their traditional knowledge and how it can be support a future career in STEM.
Soundous received her B.Sc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph followed by a Master of Management from Sauder School of Business. Throughout her educational journey, she has worked with various non-profit organizations and charities that promote access to health services and educational opportunities for underserved populations. Her diverse background and love of travel has ignited her passion for working with others and supporting her local and global communities.