67 Students From Puerto Rico, Texas And Florida Receive Sponsorships Totaling $85,000
In the wake of the recent hurricane devastation the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) spearheaded a rallying call to their network and raised sponsorships of over $85,000 to travel 67 students impacted by the recent disasters to attend the 2017 SHPE National Conference last month, the largest gathering of Hispanic STEM talent in the United States.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the United States who serve a membership base of close to 10,000 Hispanic students, professionals and corporate partners in the STEM industry.
After the hurricane devastation to Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas, thousands of students experienced a significant impact on their lives, both personally and academically. With schools closed, these students did not have a chance to fundraise for the trip to Kansas City, MO for the conference that offers professional development, networking, and interview opportunities with many of the largest employers in the world.
The sponsorships were donated by 3M, Accenture, The Boeing Company and Boeing employees, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Intel Corporation and Qualcomm, as well as individual donors from the SHPE membership base. In all, over $85,000 was raised for the students travel, accommodation, and conference expenses.
“As we begin the SHPE ‘We Are Familia’ holiday campaign, we truly appreciate the support shown for these students in their time of need and the generous response is testament to the power of our membership and its supporters,” said SHPE CEO, Raquel Tamez.
The SHPE holiday campaign ‘We Are Familia’ focuses on the different faces of the SHPE membership and their impact to empower the Hispanic STEM community. 70% of the new jobs in STEM between 2008 and 2018 will be in computer science related engineering, proving the importance of having an organization dedicated to empowering the Hispanic ‘familia’ to succeed in these booming industries.
The 2017 SHPE National Conference took place November 1-5, 2017 in Kansas City MO. More than 6,500 professionals, students, and industry leaders gathered for four days of networking, workshops, guest speakers, award ceremonies, and competitions. The theme of the 2017 National Conference was Illuminate & Innovate, inspired by the night lights and lively bustle of Kansas City, and the increasing recognition of the role Hispanics play as part of America’s 21st century economy.
Recipients of the sponsorships expressed their thanks to their sponsors and for the opportunity to continue their education during the massive rebuilding of their lives.
“Attending my first ever SHPE National Conference was an amazing experience, and I am extremely grateful to the team at SHPE and my sponsors at Accenture for making this possible for me and many other students from Puerto Rico,” said Amanda N. Zayas Ramírez, one of the sponsored students from Puerto Rico.
“My SHPE familia is a marvelous group of people who lead, support, grow, and deeply care for each other,” said Abraham Elizarraras, a sponsored student from Houston.
“SHPE familia for me is a second home, where I can share who I am as a person and a professional with friends from different cultures and professional endeavors,” said Nelson Ojeda, a sponsored student from Puerto Rico.
About SHPE –
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is comprised of a national network of more than 300 chapters. SHPE’s mission 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. SHPE provides a variety of programming, services, and resources including hosting the largest Hispanic STEM conference in the nation. For more information, visit http://shpe.org.