Hispanics are the fastest growing population in the United States and will comprise roughly 30% of our citizenry by 2050. This population growth represents a demographic shift that poses profound challenges for America. One of the specific challenges is how this demographic shift affects the country’s vital STEM (science, engineering, technology, and mathematics) enterprises, which are fueled by STEM education. Despite their representation in the general population, Hispanics are significantly underrepresented in STEM fields, earning only 9% of the STEM degrees awarded annually. The majority of Hispanic students attend urban colleges and universities. Interventions in these schools offer a great opportunity to increase the number of Hispanics graduates in STEM.
The City College of New York (CCNY), with the support of the US National Science Foundation, will host a Conference to identify the most critical challenges facing underrepresented HSI/STEM education at two-year and four-year undergraduate colleges and develop actionable solutions.
This conference is HSI:URBANO.
HSI:URBANO is a collaboration between CCNY, the University of Texas-El Paso, La Guardia Community College, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and the Caribbean University at San Juan. It will call a distinguished group of industry leaders and academic experts to consider issues that might limit an underrepresented student’s ability to succeed in STEM disciplines at urban, primarily Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the United States and its territories, and will explore possible intervention areas to address them. The conference will feature inspirational and forward-thinking keynote speakers and will be organized in moderated panels and facilitated break-out discussions. Urban HSI institutions from New York City and from across the Nation will attend.