Who We Are
The Latinas in STEM Foundation was founded in the summer of 2013 by Latina MIT alumnae who were interested in formalizing the work they were already doing in their respective communities. The founders of Latinas in STEM are first generation American women who were the first in their families to attend college. This group of Latinas know first-hand the many barriers to entry for women in STEM fields. Those barriers are compounded for Latinas due to a lack of role models, lagging outreach, and overall limited parental awareness. Latinas in STEM is a volunteer led and run organization. Members are all employed full-time in industry and pursue this work across the country to fulfill their desire to give back to their community.
Latinas in STEM is a force from the community for the community. They are graduates and professionals with STEM careers in industry and a long track record of community service. Their primary purpose is to spread awareness of STEM and to inspire and empower Latina students in the primary and secondary grades, especially in underserved communities, to pursue a STEM career. Latinas in STEM educate parents, as well as students, so that they may be better positioned to support their daughters along their educational journey. Latinas in STEM also help Latinas currently pursuing careers in STEM to thrive in college and in their professional careers. Latinas in STEM has created an ever growing network of Latinas working in STEM fields that empower each other to thrive in their careers through mentorship, networking, and recognition.
Dr. Martha Osei-Yaw