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A recently published book, co-edited by several UTSA College of Education and Human Development faculty members, highlights the work that scholars and educators from across the United States that are doing to increase Latinx participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

“(Under)Represented Latin@s in STEM: Increasing Participation Throughout Education and the Workplace” takes a critical look at programs that are designed to expand access to STEM education and careers among Latinx populations.

The book was co-edited by Drs. Timothy Yuen, Emily Bonner, and Maria Arreguin-Anderson, associate professors in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching.

“Our goal was to bring attention to all of the great work being done around the country to increase access and improve Latinx student success in the STEM areas,” said the editors. “This book also brings attention to the work that still needs to be done in broadening diversity in STEM throughout the entire education pipeline.”

The book features ideas and research-based best practices that are aimed at targeting the Latinx population and cultivating a STEM identity through teacher preparation, family and community involvement, and student success initiatives.

“We hope that people will learn that increasing Latinx participation in STEM is about building a positive identity in which one can view one’s self as an active, successful, and empowering participant in the STEM community,” said the editors. “Such efforts in building those STEM identities require contributions from teachers, families, and members of the community.”

“(Under)Represented Latin@s in STEM” is geared towards pre-service and in-service teachers, educational administrators, and policymakers alike.

“COEHD prepares educators and educational leaders who will be on the front lines motivating their own students to take an interest and become successful in STEM,” said the editors. “This book provides our college with an additional resource to better support Latinxs’ academic endeavors, and alights with the overall goals of creating new knowledge and serving the public through projects that highlight connections with the community.”

The book, which is part of the “Critical Studies of Latinxs in the Americas” series, is available through Peter Lang, Inc.

Book cover courtesy of Amazon.

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