Mentoring Latinos in STEM: Transforming struggling co-op students into savvy professionals

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Mentoring, a proven strategy for student retention and graduation, involves new and complex challenges as mentors and students work together across diverse cultures. Amid competing agendas and pressures, one highly sought-after group--Latino students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines--may be vulnerable to dropping out because they lack the traditional support systems of their peers. Today, the question of how to mentor Latino students takes on greater urgency as they are the fastest-growing minority population in the U.S., yet continue to report the lowest percentage of educational attainment than any other ethnic minority groups (U.S. Census Bureau, 2007). In this article, we explore perceived barriers to career development for Latino students and make recommendations for co-op practitioners in hopes of attracting and retaining the diverse group of STEM professionals needed for the 21st century.
  • Authors

    Keywords

  • Mentoring, Latinos, Co-op, STEM, Training
  • Author List

  • Fifolt M; Searby L
  • Start Page

  • 53
  • End Page

  • 65
  • Volume

  • 45
  • Issue

  • 1