Engineering FIGs work to support minority and first-generation students, but students feel more could be done

The Daily of the University of Washington | July 05, 2019

For new admits to the College of Engineering, peer-led clustered courses known as Engineering First-Year Interest Groups seek to help develop strong study skills, a sense of community, and connect to upper-class undergraduate mentors. However, some students feel they are an imperfect solution to the problem of effectively supporting underrepresented students. First-generation engineering students and engineering students of color face unique challenges that E-FIG peer educators are not always equipped to solve. Joining a FIG is optional for most first-year students, but students admitted directly to the College of Engineering must participate in an Engineering FIG (E-FIG). E-FIGs include Engineering 101 lecture covering introductory topics relevant to engineering.

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So, how do we go about being engineers? In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina talks to us about the Engineering Process and why we should do things in order, as well as many of the questions we should ask along the way.

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