Diversity Programs

“Engineering is a very creative profession... [Without] diversity, we limit the set of life experiences that are applied, and as a result, we pay an opportunity cost - a cost in products not built, in designs not considered, in constraints not understood, in processes not invented."

William. A. Wulf,
former National Academy of Engineering President

Together, the programs highlighted below provide financial, social, academic and cultural support to engineering students. They recruit top high school students to UW engineering, with an emphasis on reaching underrepresented populations in the field and in the programs. And they help students launch their careers with mentoring and hands-on work experience. UW Engineering's Diversity & Access programs are effectively helping participants as a whole achieve similar success in engineering as students in the comparison group who do not participate in the programs.

Also see Diversity at UW for campus-wide programs and information.

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Disabilities Opportunities Internetworking Technology (DO-IT) encourages individuals with disabilities to take on challenging academic programs and careers by promoting the use of technology to increase independence and productivity.

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The Engineering Academic Center is a place for students to hone the skills in introductory math, physics or chemistry courses. Workshop participants, usually 10 to 20 students, meet twice a week in study groups and form learning communities.

The Minority Scholars Engineering Program (MSEP) is open to all students and promotes academic excellence, facilitates leadership skills, and fosters community of engineering scholars. You can take part in academic workshops and seminars, attend the Men of Color in Engineering Leadership Series, and connect with identity-based student societies.

The Promoting Equity in Engineering Relationships (PEERs) course teaches students to teach their peers to be change-agents for increased diversity. Students earn internship credit by becoming PEERs leaders and helping with presentations.


The STate Academic RedShirt Program (STARS) program provides highly motivated students who are eligible for financial aid with a specialized first-year curriculum designed to build learning skills and academic preparation.

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Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) provides social connection, mentoring, advising, and tutoring for women in science and engineering. Programs include academic support, WiSE UP (formerly Bridge), the WiSE Conference, the WiSE Lecture Series and other programs.

WiSE has a strong reputation for providing professional development opportunities and creating a positive community.