Cynthia Rubio: Advancing Latinas in STEM

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Published on February 27, 2014

Author: radiantrfid



Cynthia Rubio, Radiant RFID Co-Founder and CEO, offers compelling data and discussion about Latinas, specifically, and Hispanics, in general, in STEM for YHPAA's Women in Technology Series.

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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