Opportunities and Challenges in Developing STEM Aspirations: Youth Reflections and Recommendations

Event Information

  • Starts: 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 20, 2022
  • Ends: 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 20, 2022
The tremendous underrepresentation of youth from Latinx backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations continues. This webinar will hear from youth and alums participating in Sociedad Latina after-school activities about their goals and what types of conversations with adults have been most meaningful in shaping their future aspirations.

We will then reflect on how their experiences can inform how to design engaging STEAM learning and career development activities, especially during the continued global disruptions caused by COVID-19. Sociedad Latina provides a range of education and leadership activities for Latinx youth and their families beginning in middle school and continuing into college.

In 2019, Sociedad Latina began a collaboration with Boston University to design, advance, and pilot Network Science learning activities with middle school age youth as well as to integrate exploration of how these skills expand their opportunities to consider a range of STEAM occupations as part of the State’s My Career and Academic Plan initiative.


Sociedad Latina’s principal investigator is Executive Director Alexandra Oliver-Davila and participating staff includes Angelica Rodriguez and Juan Maldanado.

The BU collaborators include principal investigators and co-investigators Drs. Kimberly Howard (Wheelock College), Paul Trunfio (Physics), and V. Scott Solberg (Wheelock College), as well as project coordinator Chong Park (Wheelock College) and students Luis Esquivel, Deyja Enriquez, and Mica Jadick.

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