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CT church hosts STEM advocacy talks for Hispanic students

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Friday, June 7, 2024   

A Connecticut church is hosting a discussion this weekend to encourage Hispanic students to work in STEM fields.

The talk is part of Hispanic Access Foundation's Pathways to Science program, a five-year mission to build up the next generation of Hispanic STEM professionals. Research shows people who identify as Latino or Hispanic comprise 8% of all STEM workers, while accounting for 17% of the total workforce.

Benji Suprice, pastor for children and youth at Church of the City, said seeing representation in these career fields helps break barriers.

"Maybe one of the largest barriers is when our students don't see representatives of themselves in careers like this," he said. "They might be less inclined to go after these careers, or - a different lens - students don't know the pathway or don't have the support system."

Dr. Carlos Salazar, an internal medicine resident in the Bronx, is this month's speaker. Along with details of his career and passion for medicine, he will focus on hypertension. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at Church of the City in New London. More information about where to register is online at hispanicaccess.org under the tab "What We Do."

Suprice said these discussions are held every month during the school year, with a break over the summer, so the one this Sunday is the last until September - and they'll use the summer months to plan ahead.

"We want to just debrief to see what has worked, what has been the conversations and topics that have really resonated with students," he said. "Is the date that we've chosen, right - Sunday evenings - is that the best date for students, or should we go back to the drawing board and consider new things?"

Suprice added that the feedback from students and parents has been overwhelmingly positive. Most of the talks have centered around health care, but students have suggested bringing in professionals in other science fields such as engineering.


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