“Latinos are underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupation—accounting for less than seven percent of the jobs—in math and science related occupations, such as computer and mathematical occupations (5.7 percent), architecture and engineering occupations (6.4 percent), and life, physical, and social science occupations (5.9 percent)”
–The Latino Labor Force at a Glance, 4/5/2012. U.S. Department of Labor.
LUCES is the Cabrillo chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) focused on supporting and inspiring Latinos in engineering and STEM majors. Our purpose is to be a part of the diversification of the STEM workforce in the United States.
Established in the Fall Semester of 2014, LUCES aspires to:
- Implement outreach projects with local Elementary, Middle and High Schools that have a high Latino population to increase their interest in Engineering and Science.
- Promote the advancement of Hispanic engineers and scientists in employment and education.
- Develop and participate in programs with industry, which benefit students seeking technical degrees.
- Provide a forum for the exchange of information pertinent for Hispanic engineering/science students enrolled in Cabrillo College.
“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sake and for our own”