I’ve been doing some catch up reading and just got this terrific article via the Huffington Post regarding the educational “pipeline.” The article focuses on the STEM educational pipeline specifically. As you know, I’m not a big fan of the term “pipeline” because I think it doesn’t capture the various experiences and values instilled in Latino college students. Plus, it’s so 20th century!
While Latinos have made some strides in the science and engineering fields, much work still needs to be done increasing their representation within these academic programs. Among the issues include increasing the recruitment of college students in these programs and keeping them there. While it’s wonderful to focus on supply, the same effort must be applied to retention. Connected to recruitment of more students is increasing the representation of Latinos and other minority faculty and administrative positions.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival described in the article is doing its part in trying to change this gloomy situation.
The event brings together a wide array of world-class scientists, engineers, biotech entrepreneurs and Nobel Laureates with students, teachers, parents and communities, and involves more than 750 leading science and engineering organizations; more than 1,500 hands-on Expo activities, 75 stage shows, and much more — all expected to attract more than half a million visitors and participants, nationwide.
All these wonderful people are focused on helping change the mindset and culture regarding Latinos and STEM careers. Si se puede!