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Desiree D. Alva
Assistant Director for Undergraduate and Retention Programs
Tel: 608/265-9042
Email: dalva@engr.wisc.edu

Diversity Affairs Office
College of Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 1147 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

 

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L.E.E.D. — Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity

The L.E.E.D. Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship program, designed to attract academically talented women and students from groups historically underrepresented in the field of engineering: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino/a, Southeast Asian American (Hmong/ Cambodian/ Laotian/ Vietnamese), American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander.


Supported by the College of Engineering Diversity Affairs Office, L.E.E.D. is a diverse student community of undergraduates that meet once per month over a meal. Community meetings include; a lecture series, academic, personal, and career development, social networking, and leadership opportunities within the field of engineering.


The L.E.E.D. Scholars Program builds an academic, personal, and professional support network. The ultimate goal is to recruit, retain, and successfully graduate student leaders in engineering.

 

Who can participate?

 

L.E.E.D. is offered specifically to women and student groups who are historically underrepresented in the field of engineering: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino/a, Southeast Asian American (Hmong/ Cambodian/ Laotian/ Vietnamese), American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander.


Applicant attributes: An academic profile demonstrating the ability, initiative, and determination to achieve an undergraduate degree in engineering.


Eligibility and selection criteria:

 

  • High school senior at the time of application
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • Preference for women and students from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups
  • Advanced course work in mathematics, science, and engineering (if offered)
  • A record of service, involvement, leadership and commitment to diversity.

 

Applications will be available starting January 1st, 2014!


L.E.E.D. LINKS Mentor Program

 

L.E.E.D. LINKS is a mentoring program within the Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (L.E.E.D.) Scholarship Program at UW-Madison. It is a college transition program that welcomes L.E.E.D. freshmen and transfer students by pairing them with current successful L.E.E.D. upperclass mentors to guide them in their first-year on campus. L.E.E.D. LINKS mentors assist students by naturally connecting them with resources that promote college success (e.g., academic advising, faculty office hours, academic enhancement, and involvement) in the engineering field.


L.E.E.D. LINKS is a year-long transition program with four components:


  • L.E.E.D. LINKS Community Building – L.E.E.D. LINKS mentors and freshmen/transfers start building their mentor relationship and LINKS community during a series of teambuilding activities with ALPS High/Low Ropes.
  • Academic Check-Ins – L.E.E.D. LINKS mentors support freshmen/transfers' academic success by checking-in with their mentees.
  • Involvement Check-Ins – L.E.E.D. LINKS mentors support freshmen/transfers’ sense of belonging by accompanying them to social and professional events.
  • Mentor-Mentee One-on-Ones – L.E.E.D. LINKS mentors connect with their freshman/transfer mentees throughout their first year.

 

Help support L.E.E.D.


Please consider donating to our designated L.E.E.D. Scholarship Fund. When you donate you are not only supporting the L.E.E.D. Program, but also the scholarships that fund our students so that they may continue in engineering.