Published on February 27, 2014
YHPAA Advancing Latinas in STEM CYNTHIA RUBIO Co-Founder & CEO Radiant RFID
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. population in 2012 was 50.8% female and 16.9% Hispanic female. It is projected that the Hispanic female population will grow to 25.7% by the year 2050.
The U.S. has one of the lowest rates of STEM degrees awarded – 13% of all degrees awarded in U.S. vs. 26% average internationally.
Median Income The highest paying STEM occupations, all averaging more than $100K yearly, are: • Natural Science Managers • Engineering Managers • Computer/Info • Systems Managers • Petroleum Engineers 90,000 80,000 70,000 60,000 50,000 40,000 30,000 20,000 10,000 0 Latinas US Average STEM Professions Factors fueling demand in STEM include: • Technology explosion • An aging and growing worldwide population • Renewed focus on innovation • Conservation and green energy • Heightened security measures • Adoption of nanotechnology
BS Engineering degrees awarded in 2011 was 18%.
Education affects success of Hispanic students Less than half of Hispanic students graduating from high school qualify to enroll at a 4 year institution. 68% of Hispanic students attend community college
Retention Increase in #of students (Hispanic and non) enrolling in STEM fields, however significantly less Hispanics actually earn a degree (16% vs. 25%) HIGH SENSE of SELF! Financial considerations one of top 5 factors (also family responsibilities, work)
Factors that affect Latinas & keep them from pursuing STEM careers Family influence/ support Sense of self/idea that they can succeed (strongest predictor in consideration of math as a career choice). Role models & friends Marriage - largest negative impact women studying medicine or doctoral programs is marriage
How can we promote Latinas in STEM studies? • • • • • • Involvement/Mentor Involvement with parents of students Take a leadership role in your community Hire a Latina as a summer intern or part time student worker Be positive and pro-active Be a role model
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