RE3 is a new year-long program designed to amplify the voices of Viterbi undergraduates by putting them in the role of teachers. Students are hired as RE3 Student Trainers for one academic year, and with the help of faculty mentors, they design and deliver storytelling seminars on topics related to their identities and educational experiences. Seminar attendees include first-year engineering students, faculty, administrators, staff, and other members of the Viterbi community.

By sharing stories and making personal connections, RE3 Student Trainers aim to build an inclusive climate that prioritizes student empowerment, so that all students can have experiences such as this one described by RE3 Student Trainer, Cheyenne Gaima: 

One of my most treasured engineering classroom experiences was with a professor who took the time to learn my name and my goals. It seems like a small gesture, but it speaks volumes. Precisely, it says, "I see you, I hear you, and I'm rooting for you." All students should feel this from their professors and each other. The support that comes from this sentiment is motivating like no other, and it gives students, especially those who need it most, allies in their academic journeys.


This program is made possible with support from the Coalition for Life-Transformative Education, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Office of the Dean, and the USC Viterbi Engineering Writing Program. Questions? Email Helen Choi at

Published on April 8th, 2020

Last updated on February 1st, 2022