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CLEMSON — Clemson University’s PEER & WISE program is receiving the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.
The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Clemson University will be featured, along with 77 other recipients, in the September 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
PEER & WISE will be on the cover.
Crystal Pee (right) works with a student in the new PEER-WISE Study Hall Annex.
Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research and successful programs and initiatives.
Lee Gill, chief inclusion and equity officer at Clemson University, congratulated PEER & WISE on the award.
“The award provides confirmation that PEER & WISE is succeeding in its mission to educate, recruit and retain students from underrepresented populations,” he said. “I’d like to congratulate Serita Acker, faculty who work with her, along with her staff, students and alumni, on this well-deserved honor.”
Acker, the director of PEER & WISE, said it’s an honor to accept the award on behalf of the program.
“PEER & WISE transforms lives and helps close the achievement gap,” she said. “In our program, students from underrepresented populations come to understand that they are not alone in their pursuit of STEM degrees and that they are fully capable of achieving their dreams. The initiatives we have put in place help position them for success. Our alumni have gone on to influential jobs in the public and private sector, as well as academia.”
Brad Putman, associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, said …