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Let’s Get to Work…

Thank you all for the good wishes.  There is a lot I would like to say and would prefer not to write it all at this moment.  But there are some thank-yous in order…. First, this was not a win by me.  This was a win for […]

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We’re Out of Time…

Voting ends May 7th at Midnight Pacific Time and only 17% have voted.  The future of this organization is up to every member.  I’m not going to scare you with Dooms-Day scenarios or try to convince you that another candidate is going to destroy this organization…. it’s […]

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STEM Immigration Reform: Being “Ready” is Not Enough…

Thousands of Latino Engineering and Science students today are pursuing degrees with only hope driving them…. The hope that one day they will be able to work in the country that provided them their education, the country that showed them it was ok to dream because dreams […]

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How to Change Corporate America

Last May, I was invited to the National Academy of Engineers to sit on a panel and discuss why Latinos are not climbing the ladder in technical companies.  As I participated in these conversations, it was clear that nearly all the companies at the table were looking at […]

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Board/Staff and Committees Must Achieve Stability

When are scholarship deadlines?  Am I supposed to get a member pin and card?  How do I apply for a graduation stole?….. These are some of the questions I’ve heard over the last four years.  These are all symptoms of an organization reliant on tribal knowledge from […]

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SHPE’s Identity Crisis and the Need for Real Unity

For the last 5 years, SHPE has been suffering with an identity crisis.  Do we want to be a volunteer-run organization reliant on the heroics of a few, or do we want to be a staff-run organization reliant on stable processes and meaningful metrics? In 2007 (if my […]

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Why Member Numbers Are a Bad Metric

Our mission statement states that we change lives by empowering the Hispanic community.  It does not say “SHPE changes member’s lives”, nor does it say “SHPE provides awareness, access, support and development to members”.  Why is that?  Aren’t we a member based organization?  Why is our mission […]

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SHPE Heroics: The Good and Bad of SHPE Culture

Question from a member: Q: “If someone asks me, what’s is the SHPE way of doing things or what is the SHPE culture like… what do you think I should tell them?  If  you are a president, what’s the culture you would like to leave after you are done with […]

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“Would Someone From SHPE National Talk to Me?”

Q: “I see you’re running for SHPE National President. That’s great and I hope you win.  Although I’m not a SHPE member, I’m certainly a community stakeholder. I’ve attempted to organize collaborative events with my local chapters in the past and found that WHEN I could get a […]

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What Would it Be Like if SHPE Achieved it’s Vision?

I’ll need you to imagine with me for a moment. Imagine a future where grade school classes full of Latino students Every Latino child wants to be an engineer or scientist Every teacher actually knows what engineering is and not only encourages their students to pursue it […]

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