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ELSA GONZALEZ

University of Houston

CAREER: Broadening Participation in STEM: A Qualitative Analysis of Resilienc...

NSF Awards: 2045802

2021 (see original presentation & discussion)

Undergraduate

Latinas are the fastest growing minority females in the country, (Ong, Wright, Espinosa, & Orfield, 2011) yet their representation is decreasing in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)  fields, specifically in computer science, mathematics, physics, and engineering (National Science Foundation, 2016).  “The gender gap is particularly pronounced in Engineering and computer science, where four out of every five graduates last year were men” (Bestcolleges,com, 2016).There is a need to understand why this is occurring and how we can support Latinas to complete their college degrees.  Research shows that most Latina youth are likely to attend a high school that is low-income, segregated, and under-resourced in terms of instruction (Darling Hammond, 2000; 2003; Nieto, 2004).  As a result, they often arrive at college with less STEM preparation than their white majority peers. However, many Latinas have persisted despite these challenges to successfully earn degrees and pursue careers in STEM.

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Discussion from the 2021 STEM For All Video Showcase (15 posts)
  • Icon for: Mesut Duran

    Mesut Duran

    Facilitator
    Professor of Technology
    May 11, 2021 | 06:17 a.m.

    Cheers to the Latinas who are pursuing STEM careers, and for this very interesting research project. I wonder if some more info could be provided about how resilience is determined and measured.  Thanks, Mesut

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    Elsa Gonzalez

    Lead Presenter
    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
    May 13, 2021 | 01:06 a.m.

    Thank you for watching our video! 

    We will start presenting findings of this qualitative study soon in conferences and other forums, I will be happy to share more details with you!

    https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_I...

     

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    Mesut Duran

    Facilitator
    Professor of Technology
    May 13, 2021 | 07:10 a.m.

    Appreciate the link!  Look forward to seeing your presentations and publications.  Thanks, Mesut

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    Alexander Rudolph

    Facilitator
    Professor of Physics and Astronomy
    May 11, 2021 | 10:43 a.m.

    I admire your work and believe your findings will be very important to programs like ours (Cal-Bridge; www.calbridge.org) which are working to promote engagement of Latinas and other URM students in STEM pathways to the PhD and beyond. I am curious how those of us in higher education can put your findings into practice to promote resiliency among our Latina students. Is there a way to engage their families that would help?

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    Elsa Gonzalez

    Lead Presenter
    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
    May 13, 2021 | 01:12 a.m.

    I appreciate your kind worlds, we are looking to replicate our findings in other places; I have published some of the preliminary findings, this project looks to go further in the proposal of strategies to be implemented. Regarding families, some of the findings includes connecting with families to support family engagement; cultural-based approaches will support resilience of our Latinx students.

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    Neela White

    Facilitator
    Project Director
    May 11, 2021 | 10:56 a.m.

    Hello University of Houston Team!  Thank you for your video submission.  "They can do it, and they should" ABSOLUTELY!  I am thoroughly encouraged by your video and your goal to push Latinas to STEM degrees and careers.  I am curious, in your research were you able to speak to Latinas across the United States, or did you only interview those regional to the University of Houston?  Do you find this to be a nationwide issue that Latinas face?  Thanks and best of luck, Neela

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    Elsa Gonzalez

    Lead Presenter
    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
    May 13, 2021 | 01:26 a.m.

    Thank you for watching our video! My research has focused on Latina students in several universities in Texas, but sone of the work of my team and my colleagues around the country is presented in our recent publication: 

    https://www.routledge.com/An-Asset-Based-Approa...

     

  • May 11, 2021 | 12:23 p.m.

    The results of this project will be of interest to our North Carolina Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (agep-nc.org) project. I'd be interested to get a report or publication, if you have one, with more information about your findings.

     
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    Catherine Horn
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    Elsa Gonzalez

    Lead Presenter
    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
    May 13, 2021 | 01:29 a.m.

    Thank you for watching our video! Some of the preliminary findings are published in our recent publication:

    https://www.routledge.com/An-Asset-Based-Approa...

     

     

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    Catherine Horn

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 12, 2021 | 05:03 p.m.

    Deeply appreciate both the area of focus and the approach to understanding Latina STEM success. Your work is important and will likely, as Marcia and others note, have substantial potential to inform efforts nationally!

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    Elsa Gonzalez

    Lead Presenter
    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
    May 13, 2021 | 01:30 a.m.

    I deeply appreciate your words and support for this work! Looking forward to move this research and its findings further!

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    Elsa Gonzalez

    Lead Presenter
    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
    May 13, 2021 | 01:31 a.m.

    Thank you for watching!

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    Rick Greer

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 13, 2021 | 12:08 p.m.

    This is very interesting work you've done! I look forward to reading your findings. 

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    Liandra Larsen

    Graduate Student
    May 13, 2021 | 03:35 p.m.

    You're always doing incredible work! So happy to see others recognizing all that you do. 

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    Megan Davis

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 18, 2021 | 11:28 a.m.

    Such important work! Are you following the work of "Latinas in STEM" based in Southern California? http://www.latinasinstem.com/

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