PEERs: A Promising Practice for Including Underrepresented Groups in Engineering

DO-IT Factsheet #495

Promoting Equity in Engineering Relationships (PEERs) [1] is a student-driven program designed to facilitate the inclusion of under-represented groups in the University of Washington (UW) College of Engineering [2]. Through a student seminar and peer-led presentations, PEERs engages  a cadre of student leaders to engage fellow students, professors, and staff for the purpose of creating positive change toward a more inclusive engineering environment for women, ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities.

PEERs integrates National Science Foundation [3]-funded efforts across the UW in an innovative way to improve the experiences of underrepresented undergraduates in the College of Engineering. Student-centered interventions include:

PEERs partners include:

The PEERs program is considered a promising practice because of its unique approach to engineering equity, its successful engagement of students and faculty, and its advocacy for students from three areas of under-representation- based on gender, disability, and racial/ethnic status.

For more information, visit the UW's Diversity in Engineering [11] website.