Faculty, staff and students who oversee, utilize or consult with academic making environments such as machine shops, wood shops, sculpture studios, theater shops, and makerspaces. EHS and Risk Management personnel with making environment oversight responsibilities.
Continue development of a professional community that brings together personnel from student shops and making spaces from a broad array of post-secondary educational institutions and disciplines to share case-studies and discuss common challenges such as: safety, training, inclusion, technology, finances, and equipment.
The focus of this year’s conference will center around the work of three standing committees in the Student Shop Managers Consortium: Health & Safety + Risk Management, Diversity & Inclusion, and Standard Operating Procedures. Over three days each committee will present its work to date while leading a panel discussion of identified major issues and seeking the input of attendees. Small group breakout sessions will afford the opportunity for discussion of panel topics and those additional topics raised by attendees. Further review of these discussions by the whole conference will focus on setting goals for further work by each committee in accordance with the mission of the SSMC.