There is beauty in having the courage to show who we are and what we believe, and this week’s National Convention in Cleveland will be a testament to this idea.

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From the time I was a child growing up in Houston, Halloween has been my favorite Holiday. There’s a thrill in transforming into something completely different, in showing the world another side of ourselves.

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First off, I want to offer my sincerest and most heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended and helped organize our NILA Leadership Conference last month. Over five days of workshops, talks, and seminars, we planted a proud and towering flag for SHPE’s future, inspiring hundreds of SHPE members from throughout the country to embrace their “inner leader” and propel our growing organization forward.

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For the thousands of us that make up the SHPE Familia, the current times can feel overwhelming. Everywhere we look, from our nation’s immigration crisis to barriers for Hispanics pursuing STEM studies and professions, challenges stand in our way.

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When I took the CEO position a year ago, I was told to think of SHPE as my familia, my family. In this spirit, I have spent my first year getting to know you -traveling throughout the country to meet students and professional members, as well as SHPE leaders, volunteers, and industry partners.

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We’re closing out our fiscal year this month and getting ready to launch into 2018-2019 with newly elected board members and soon-to-be-announced additions to the IPC. Now is the time to renew your membership, apply for scholarships, register for NILA, and be on the lookout for National Convention registration details. Be sure to follow us on social media for up-to-the-minute news about the convention and more.

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It’s been a wonderful month for SHPE, having wrapped up another year of RLDCs and secured a Visionary Sponsor for our 2018 National Convention. Also, a big congratulations to all of our student members who are graduating this year! (Don’t forget to take advantage of the 1-year free professional membership we offer to recent graduates.) Finally, we’ll have new national and regional representatives by the end of this month. Please VOTE!

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Only 214 DAYS until the National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio! Make sure you’ve blocked out November 7-11 on your calendar so you can join us. And be sure to follow us on the social media platform of your choosing so you don’t miss any opportunities, announcements, or deadlines.

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On February 22, Region 7 kicked off this year’s round of RLDCs followed by Regions 3 and 4 on March 1. Check out some of the highlights from those conferences:

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Registration is now OPEN for Regional Leadership Development Conferences 3-7 with RLDCs 1 & 2 coming soon! We hope you will join us.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! We hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and are as excited about 2018 as we are. We have so much in store this year, starting with the upcoming RLDCs that we encourage you to attend. We’re also working on new programs to offer our members – see our MentorSHPE kick-off news below. And you may have noticed that we’re sprucing up our branding to be more modern and to better reflect our mission. Be sure to follow us on social media to stay in-the-know about all things SHPE!

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We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and that you enjoyed safe travels home from the SHPE National Conference in Kansas City. The whole SHPE team left feeling renewed and energized after spending the week with all of you seeing the mission in action. Everyone embodied the spirit of the SHPE familia and that generosity and kindness is what inspired the theme of our end-of year giving campaign. In case we haven’t said it lately, THANK YOU for your commitment to SHPE.

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For those of you who are here with us in Kansas City, I encourage you to make the most of your time and energy. Use every minute wisely to meet people who might influence your future, learn as much as possible about how to be your best self professionally and in your community at large, and most of all have FUN! This is a week of opportunity and possibility and we are all here to INNOVATE and ILLUMINATE.

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The 2017 National Conference starts just FOUR WEEKS from today! The full agenda is now LIVE on the website. Register now and take advantage of our extended Regular Rate until October 9th, and once you are registered be sure to secure your housing . Don’t miss out on the largest gathering of Hispanic STEM talent in the nation and the chance to have access to over 200 exhibitors actively recruiting diverse talent.

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The 2017 National Conference planning is in full swing at SHPE headquarters. In the coming weeks, we’ll share information about keynote speakers, special events, and new partners. In the meantime, be sure to register so you don’t miss out on this amazing development and networking experience.

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Wishing all of our SHPE Familia a wonderful Summer. We are excited to be gearing up for NILA and National Conference.

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SHPE Board Chair, Claudia Goggin announced today that the National Board of Directors has selected Raquel Tamez as the new CEO. Raquel has previously served in a number of leadership roles in both the private and nonprofit sectors.

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Hello SHPE Familia! Welcome to your monthly e-news for May 2017. B y you for you.

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The first few months of the year have been busy and exciting with events, programs, and activities across our chapters and regions.

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