PEER (Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention) Mentoring at Clemson University Receives NAMEPA Retention Program Award

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the PEER (Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention) Mentoring at Clemson University has been selected as the 2017 NAMEPA Retention Program Award recipient. The PEER Mentoring Program aligns with NAMEPA’s mission of providing quality service, information, and tools to students.

The program enacts a proactive mentoring strategy where underrepresented minority students in the College of Engineering are contacted before the beginning of their freshman (or first transfer) year and assigned an upperclassman or graduate student mentor. A mandatory connection but voluntary participation model facilitates an individual and group mentoring experience for the mentee and concurrent training for mentors. The combination of social and academic mentoring facilitates student success in engineering programs. This program, among other support services, has been in place since 1987.  For the past 5 years, Clemson has shown a dramatic increase in the number of engineering degrees awarded to underrepresented students.

The NAMEPA Retention Program Award was established to honor retention programs that have actively increased the participation of students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations in engineering. NAMEPA is a national network of educators and representatives from industry, government, and nonprofit organizations who share a common commitment to improving the recruitment and retention of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander students earning degrees in engineering. NAMEPA promotes the professional development of its members and serves as an advocate for and resource to those programs and organizations that seek to recruit, educate, and employ diverse engineering talent.

NAMEPA is very grateful for Clemson University’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The PEER Mentoring program will be recognized at the NAMEPA Awards Celebration Dinner on September 12th, 2017 during the 38th Annual NAMEPA National Conference (Sept 10th -13th, 2017) in Blacksburg, VA at Virginia Tech.


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