Center for Workforce Development

The Center for Workforce Development (CWD) in the University of Washington College of Engineering focuses on diversity through research, evaluations, and programmatic initiatives in higher education and the workforce. CWD meets the challenges of the emerging workforce: recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and underrepresented minorities.

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Through the NSF-funded Preparing Engineering Faculty to Make Academic Change Happen project, CWD is collaborating with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to conduct participatory action research with change agents who are engaged in making change on their campuses through the NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) Program. In addition to providing RED recipients with a customized change curriculum and ongoing support for their projects, we are longitudinally tracking their progress and outcomes to better understand how change occurs within academic departments.

The Project to Assess Climate in Engineering (PACE) is a multi-site study of undergraduate engineering student experiences and retention. The PACE research team has conducted two climate surveys, over 160 one-on-one student interviews, and student focus groups are underway.  The PACE results have been disseminated via 15 presentations and 3 journal articles (2 forthcoming).  For more information, please visit our PACE website.

We are extremely excited to announce the establishment of the Suzanne G. Brainard Diversity STEM Scholarship which recognizes the remarkable work of Dr. Brainard by awarding an annual scholarship to an exceptional student who impacts STEM diversity. As founder of UW WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) and co-founder of WEPAN (Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network), Dr. Suzanne Brainard has influenced countless female scientists and engineers. She has been a trusted mentor and a passionate advocate for diversity at the UW. Please visit here for more information or to make a gift to the scholarship.

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