The Latino Student's Guide to STEM Careers
by Laura I. Rendón and Vijay Kanagala, Editors
September 2017, 275pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-791-0
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While Latinos are a prominent minority presence in the United States, they remain underrepresented in STEM fields of study.

This book is an essential resource that Latino/a students and families need to make the best decisions about entering and succeeding in a STEM career. It can also serve to aid faculty, counselors, and advisors to assist students at every step of entering and completing a STEM career.

As a fast-growing, major segment of the U.S. population, the next generation of Latinos and Latinas could be key to future American advances in science and technology. With the appropriate encouragement for Latinos/as to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, they can become the creative innovators who will produce technological advances we all need and can enjoy—from faster tech devices to more energy efficient transportation to cures for diseases and medical conditions.

This book presents a compelling case that the nation’s Hispanic population must be better represented in STEM careers and that the future of America’s technological advances may well depend on the Latino/a population. It focuses on the importance of STEM education for Latinos/as and provides a comprehensive array of the most current information students and families need to make informed decisions about entering and succeeding in a STEM career. Students, families, and educators will fully understand why STEM is so important for Latinos/as, how to plan for a career in STEM, how to pay for and succeed in college, and how to choose a career in STEM. The book also includes compelling testimonials of Latino/a students who have completed a STEM major that offer proof that Latinos/as can overcome life challenges to succeed in STEM fields.


  • Offers current, fact-based information about the importance of Latinos/as entering STEM fields of study
  • Provides a comprehensive array of information on diverse STEM majors that Latino/a students and families can use to make informed decisions about entering a STEM field of study
  • Presents current qualitative and quantitative research findings on what has been shown to influence Latino/a student success as well as personal testimonials of Latino/a students' success in STEM
Laura I. Rendón, PhD, is professor of higher education at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Rendón is a research specialist on college preparation, persistence, and graduation of low-income, first-generation students. She is also recognized as a thought leader in the field of contemplative education. In 2013, the Texas Diversity Council recognized her among the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas. A native of Laredo, Texas, Rendón's passion is assisting students who, like her, grew up in poverty with hopes and dreams but not knowing how to realize them. Rendón is credited with developing the theory of validation, which colleges and researchers have employed as a framework for working with and affirming low-income students. Rendón has designed and coordinated the yearly Latino/a Student Success Institute for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. She is the author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation and coeditor of Educating A New Majority and Transforming the First Year of College for Students of Color.

Vijay Kanagala, PhD, is assistant professor of higher education at the University of Vermont. His research interests include college access, success, and completion for low-income, first-generation college students. He is also interested in intersectionality of education and immigration and the collegiate experiences of students of color, international students, and Generation 1.5 students (students who initiate their schooling in their native country and then continue their education in another country). Kanagala is coauthor of the monograph, "Ventajas/Assets Y Conocimientos/Knowledge: Leveraging Latin@ Strengths To Foster Student Success."


"The book is well written using easy-to-understand language, and includes explanations for specialized terms. It provides information and guidance to young Latino/a students and their parents who want to better understand STEM requirements, including information about choosing schools, financial aid and scholarships, career paths, and tips for success. . . . Every effort is made throughout this text to link readers to relevant information, and it is certainly a useful tool for anyone interested in working in the sciences."—ARBAonline, December 6, 2017
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