McLaren Announces McLaren Racing Engage to Increase Diversity in Motorsport
McLaren Racing Engage will partner with four organizations to support diversity.
McLaren announces McLaren Racing Engage in alliance with four partners to increase diversity in motorsport
McLaren Racing Engage is teaming with Women’s Engineering Society, EqualEngineers, The Smallpeice Trust and Creative Access in a commitment to increase diversity, equality, and inclusion along with its commitments to F1’s WeRaceAsOne platform.
The partnership will promote STEM and the sport for access to those who are under-privileged and under-represented. This multiple year initiative will help create a culture that will create a lasting change in the motorsport industry as well as the McLaren team.
On their official website, they break down what program their partners will run. Women’s Engineering Society (WES) alongside McLaren Racing will begin a, “reciprocal mentor ship program for McLaren Racing’s female engineers and WES mentees, alongside sponsoring the WES Annual and Student Conferences, and playing a part in the annual ‘Lottie Tour’ campaign.”
EqualEngineers Pathways Program and its founding partner will provide support and mentoring and career events. McLaren Racing is also set to join the 2021 Engineering Talent Awards in the role of Principal Partner. EqualEngineers, in addition, will deliver training for McLaren Racing employees.
McLaren Racing and The Smallpeice Trust will co-design a custom STEM challenge day as a way to introduce students to engineering.
Creative Access will work on improving inclusive strategies, policies and practices to better and uplift different talents in creative ways. The Creative Access Career Development Bursary will also see bursary support from the F1 team.
McLaren, along with their other initiatives, will give funding to the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship, that will provide financial support to students as well as mentoring opportunities and activities.
CEO, Zak Brown, said in a statement, “McLaren Racing is fueled by brave innovation, but brave innovation relies on diversity of thought and experience across all levels and functions, reflective of our fans, our partners and our communities. By investing in grassroots talent through these STEM initiatives, mentorship and inclusive development programs, we aim to inspire the future generation of talents by fueling their passion for engineering and F1.”
Within the last year, there has been a dramatic change in the sports focus on diversity. The sport launched the We Race As One initiative with an aim at tackling the issues of racism and inequality. It is no secret that the sport has been a rich, white male dominated sport. Lewis Hamilton was one of the first to take a stand, after the murder of George Floyd and the countless others.
In June of 2020, Hamilton partnered with the Royal Academy of Engineering to create The Hamilton Commission to better the representation of Black people in motorsport in the United Kingdom. Recently, Hamilton took to Instagram to announce that he will be releasing the commissions findings soon.
In April of this year, Mercedes launched a partnership with Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK to create the Accelerate 25 program.
At the beginning of Pride Month, Aston Martin announced that they would partner with Racing Pride to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion in the sport.
With these initiatives and programs, there is hope that the sport will move into a new era that is representative of the society we live in.