Expanding the Pipeline: Hispanic Momentum in Computing
in Education, Single Stop USA, and innovative
community colleges across the country are responding to this
data by advancing the use of smart changes in financial aid and
student services that can help thousands of Latino and
post-traditional students gain access to the support they need
to stay enrolled, support their families, and complete college.
Learn more about their policy recommendations for federal, state,
and institutional leaders to expand these successful practices
across the country. [more]
"Hispanics have the highest growth rates among all groups in the United States, yet they remain considerably underrepresented in computing careers and in the numbers who obtain advanced degrees. Hispanicscomprise only 13 percent of undergraduate students in all fields. Additionally, only seven percent of baccalaureates and less than one percent of doctorates in computer science in 2011 were granted to Hispanic U.S. citizens (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2011). [more]
"Did you know that all great computer scientists have beards?" This was posed to me by a professor in the hallway when I was a Ph.D. student, and it had a profound impact on me. Why? Because many of the computer scientists to whom I was exposed did, indeed, have beards, and I wondered where a Mexican-American female would fit in this world. [more]
Finding my Community
Growing up in Espanola, a small town in northern New Mexico (which celebrated 100 years of statehood this year), 20 miles from Los Alamos, I felt the disparity in education and opportunity at a very early age. Los Alamos County still has the highest per capita income in the entire US, while Rio Arriba County has one of the lowest. Nevertheless, I benefitted from a strong education in math and science. I took my first computer science class in high school in 1975 using a PDP-11. The operating system was loaded from paper tape, but I learned Basic and the fundamental concepts of programming. I attended college at New Mexico State University on a tuition scholarship, financing the remainder of my education through grants and on-campus jobs. As a freshman, I took an entry level CS course, and my love for computing was solidified. I was fortunate to have good professors and strong peers, but only in hindsight did I realize the dearth of mentors and role models who could have provided guidance and insight unique to women of color in computing. [more]
Graciela Perera is the recipient of the Estrella de L.U.N.A. Award. This award is given to a Latina in the community that exemplifies generosity and dedication to the Hispanic community, and is committed to the Mahoning Valley through community service. [more]
Congratulations to Dr. Gilda Garreton!
Dr. Gilda Garreton has been selected as one of the 23rd Annual HENAAC Luminary Award Honorees. According to the Great Minds in STEM website “the Luminary honorees share three common factors: 1) They are highly respected by their peers and management, 2) They are valuable authorities in their fields, and 3) They are blazing the trail for future generations of engineers and scientists. [more]
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) Program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation and retention of individuals (including persons with disabilities, women and minorities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully the nation's human resources in STEM.
Dr. Eric Freudenthal of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Computer Science Department received a competitive Microsoft Research Award of $27,000 for the project entitled “Early scale dissemination and evaluation of iMPaCT-Math”. [more]
CAHSI Faculty members Dr. Sarah Hug (research associate, ATLAS), Dr. Susan Jurow (Associate Professor, School of Education), and Wendy Chi (graduate student from School of Education) received an honorable mention for the 2011 Best Paper Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. [more]