Exploring the Engineering Experience for Latina Students: The Importance of Nurturing STEM Identity

October 8, 2020
12:00 pm
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Description

Latina students are entering higher education at greater rates than before, yet they have disproportionately lower completion rates and career representation in STEM disciplines. This presentation will address the need for developing a sense of STEM identity among Latina college students. It will describe an on-going research agenda illuminating how Latina students make meaning of their experiences in order to develop and sustain STEM identities before and during college. The presenter will encourage attendees to consider concrete ways that various educational stakeholders can encourage STEM identity development and success for Latina students.

Resources

Select references:

Rodriguez, S. L., Lu, C., & Ramirez, D. (in press). Navigating Operating Systems: A Framework for Understanding Identity Development for Undergraduate Latina Students in Computing; Rodriguez, S. L., & Blaney, J. M. (2020). “We’re the Unicorns in STEM”: Understanding How Academic and Social Experiences Influence Sense of Belonging for Latina Undergraduate Students; Rodriguez, S. L., Estes, R., Sissel, M., Doran, E. (2019). Becoming La Ingeniera: Examining the Engineering Identity Development of Undergraduate Latinas.

Resources

Select references:

Rodriguez, S. L., Lu, C., & Ramirez, D. (in press). Navigating Operating Systems: A Framework for Understanding Identity Development for Undergraduate Latina Students in Computing; Rodriguez, S. L., & Blaney, J. M. (2020). “We’re the Unicorns in STEM”: Understanding How Academic and Social Experiences Influence Sense of Belonging for Latina Undergraduate Students; Rodriguez, S. L., Estes, R., Sissel, M., Doran, E. (2019). Becoming La Ingeniera: Examining the Engineering Identity Development of Undergraduate Latinas.

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Presenters

Sarah L. Rodriguez

Dr. Sarah L. Rodriguez is an Associate Professor of Higher Education & Learning Technologies at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Currently, Dr. Rodriguez is involved with several large-scale interdisciplinary research projects sponsored by NSF and the Kapor Center. In recent years, Dr. Rodriguez was selected as a Faculty Fellow with the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and a NASPA Emerging Faculty Leader.

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