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My name is Adriana Gerena and I am the High School Outreach chair for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. One major part of my position is to host a High School Visitation program, in which we host students from Hispanic/Latinx backgrounds that are interested in engineering at U of I and teach them more about the field and show them why U of I is a good option. This program is absolutely free of charge to the student.
This is a great opportunity because Hispanic and Latinx students are an underrepresented minority in STEM fields, which is something that the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is trying to change. SHPE’s mission statement is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. Our High School Visitation program contributes to this by exposing students who may not have access to a lot of STEM education to engineering challenges and have them interact with students of similar backgrounds that are currently studying engineering and can give advice on various aspects of college life.
This program will occur from November 14-17 and applications will close on the 25th of October. I hope that you will forward this application to any students that you think may be interested in this opportunity! I have linked the application below. Feel free to contact me at shpe.uiuc.outreach with any questions.