Women in Engineering (WiE) Engagement Community
Open to first-year students in the College of Engineering, including Computer Science, Data Science, and Physics.
Our aim is to provide you with resources for all facets of college life. The WiE community provides valuable support while promoting achievement, academic engagement, and independence.
The College of Engineering invites you to be part of a unique community that will:
- provide undergraduate engineering students a high-quality academic and social experience led by an engineering resident peer mentor, under the guidance of a Faculty Advisor
- empower you to build strong academic and personal connections with peers, faculty, and professionals
- reside in the new first-year residence hall, the most modern living facility on campus, opened in fall 2020
Students interested in living in this community should select Women in Engineering on UMassD's housing application.
Follow us on Instagram @wie_umassd to see what we have been up to this past academic year!
No. The WiE community is housed within the co-ed engineering themed floors located in Spruce Hall. WiE residents will benefit from the social, personal, and academic interactions that arise from living in rooms adjacent to one another within the Engineering engagement community floor. WiE residents will also be able to connect with other engineers residing within Spruce Hall as well as share co-ed facilities.
A residential peer mentor is unique to the WiE community; no other engagement community provides this level of support for its residents. The peer mentor is an upperclass engineering student appointed by the College of Engineering (CoE) to help the residents of WiE navigate their first year in engineering. The peer mentor provides academic, social, and professional support for WiE members in the form of monthly social activities, office hours, hosting study sessions, one-on-one support, and more! Whatever your question, the WiE peer mentor is there to offer you guidance and advice.
The WiE peer mentor is a completely separate position from a Resident Assistant (RA). An RA has been hired by Housing & Residential Education and is responsible for assisting housing staff members in day-to-day operations.
Yes. We welcome roommates that are not engineering majors. The WiE community hosts several social activities throughout the year that your roommate is more than welcome to attend!
2020-2021 WiE Events
This year, we have a variety of academic, social, and career related events planned. These include, but are not limited to:
- Campus Tour/Scavenger Hunt
- Pumpkin Carving
- Trivia Nights
- Movies Nights
- Women in Defense Networking Event
- Review sessions for calculus, chemistry, and engineering
- Guest speakers
- Workshops focused on resumes, finding an internship, building a social media presence
WiE and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) are collaborating on an Empowering Women Seminar Series.
- Samantha Haus, PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Tech led a discussion about bias in vehicle safety.
- Gizem Tabak, PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign meet and greet.
WiE LLC Peer Mentor Position
The College of Engineering has filled the Peer Mentor position for our 2020-21 Women in Engineering Living Learning Community.
As a WiE LLC Peer Mentor, you will:
- Get paid to live and work with first-year engineers
- Be part of a unique opportunity to develop a community that benefits all involved
- Enhance your skills in listening, communication, and leadership
If you have a minimum 2.700 cumulative GPA, a major class standing of sophomore or above, familiar with campus, academic, and support resources within the College of Engineering, exhibit strong interpersonal and communication skills, and have an ability to work successfully in a collaborative, team setting.