Latino/a representation in education makes a large impact on students. I never had a professor who could relate to me, but when I became a TA, many latino/a students looked to me as a role model. I aspire to be a professor to inspire the next generation of Latino/a engineers.
SHPE has provided me with life long friendships, an internship with The Aerospace Corporation, and financial help. Without SHPE, I wouldn’t have been at Aerospace for 5 summers, where I met other interns who were GEM Fellows. They convinced me to apply to GEM and pursue my graduate studies.
As President of the University of Rochester chapter during my undergraduate, I took 16 members to the 2019 Convention. I am actively a member of the UTA chapter. I hope to recruit more SHPE members to consider graduate school, improving the Latino/a representation in academia.