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Women Engineers Rise (WE Rise)

WE Rise is dedicated to supporting and advancing women and nonbinary students in the College of Engineering.


The percentage of women placed in engineering departments from undergraduate to graduate and doctorate levels at the UW.


The program connects cross-geographically with various institutions and provides targeted support for those from marginalized backgrounds. 

WE Rise is a comprehensive program that provides:

  • Access to mentorship and role models
  • Academic support in an inclusive, collaborative learning environment
  • Spaces for networking and community building
  • Social support and an increased sense of belonging
  • Leadership and personal development opportunities
  • Training, support and tools for workforce preparation

Core programming

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The mentoring program runs through the academic year and is intended for women and nonbinary students in the College of Engineering and the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.

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Community of Scholars Tutoring (COST)

WE Rise’s tutoring program, COST, aims to provide positive learning environments and instructional practices to support student success in STEM.

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Leadership Academy

The Women's Leadership Academy (WLA) is a nine-week program to encourage leadership identity development, foster a supportive community and provide resources for academic persistence.

Signature events


    WE Rise Welcome Event

    Fall Quarter

    Students are invited to join this community-centered event to kick off the school year and connect with other scholars across the College of Engineering.


    WiSE Women of Color (WOC) Cafe Hour

    Quarterly - Fall, Winter, & Spring

    In collaboration with the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and UW Sisterhood Initiative, these quarterly sessions create space for women of color in the College of Engineering to build and be in community with one another.


    WE Rise Annual Conference

    Women’s History Month — Winter Quarter / March

    One of the year’s biggest events brings high school, undergraduate and graduate students together with leaders across the college and industry.

    Attendees are able to build their network, connect with new opportunities and enhance their personal and professional development through various workshop sessions. The conference is attended by students from around the region.

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    WE Rise Graduation and Thank You Celebration Tea

    Spring Quarter

    An annual tradition that celebrates and honors WE Rise graduates.

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