A program entitled STEM: Latinos, A Critical Need in America examines the lack of Latinos in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines (STEM). It features a panel of experts gathered by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). The panel discuses the need for Latinos in these fields. Fields, that are not only deemed necessary to our future, but that are said to drive our economy as well.
It is estimated that by 2050, the population of Latino school age students will increase by 166%. However, Latinos continue to make up a vast number of high school dropouts. Only about half of all Latino students earn their high school diploma on time. Those students that do manage to pursue higher education, stray away from STEM fields altogether.
The need for Latinos in these fields is imperative. These fields strive on diversity and the future of our country depends on it.
Watch the video here