Over the past several years, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering (KGCOE) has experienced tremendous success in the area of increasing the representation of women students in engineering and preparing women for leadership roles within the engineering profession. Our college’s Women in Engineering program (WE@RIT) was founded in 2003 with a commitment to foster gender equity in the engineering field.
WE@RIT has developed enrichment programs that focuses on community building and outreach.
- "Kate’s Community" programs - Series of programs and activities throughout the academic year to enhance the educational experience of our women engineering students. They provide networking and relationship building opportunities.
- Pre-Engineering programs for girls and young women - Hands-on activity based programs and camps to encourage, and inspire girls in grades K-12 to consider an engineering career. These programs create an opportunity for RIT students to volunteer as mentors, gain leadership experience and role model engineering careers.
- Future KGCOE women students - Two programs to introduce students to our College and its strong community of dedicated women students, faculty, and staff, as well as the rich campus life that RIT has to offer.
- WE Retreat held in coordination with RIT’s Accepted Student Open House.
- WE’re in Motion is a pre-orientation program for incoming freshmen women engineering majors.
Several hundred young women participate in our outreach and community building programs each year. The results are impressive. Over the last five years, the number of women entering our engineering programs has more than tripled!
WE@RIT earned national recognition for its outstanding service and accomplishments in promoting gender diversity within engineering by receiving the WEPAN (Women in Engineering Proactive Network) Women in Engineering Program Award.