Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative), will participate in a panel discussion at the U.S. News STEM Solutions – The National Leadership Conference in Baltimore on Thursday, May 19 at 3:15 p.m. ET.
Ceja will discuss the Obama Administration’s efforts in expanding STEM access to the Hispanic community and share best practices highlighting Bright Spots in Hispanic Education that are working to increase STEM participation in the Hispanic community.
The panel titled “Building a Latino Wave in STEM” will focus on how to get more Hispanic professionals into STEM fields and increase the number of Latino students to enroll in STEM study programs. The moderator of the panel will be Deborah Santiago, chief operating officer and vice president for policy at Excelencia in Education.
The National Leadership Conference brings together the brightest minds in business, academia and government not only to contribute key insights to the nationwide STEM debate; but also to ensure that STEM’s hard-won momentum is channeled into practical, self-sustaining strategies for inspiring, educating and hiring the diverse STEM workforce of tomorrow.
A background in science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects commonly referred to as STEM, which includes computer science—opens up many career opportunities for young people. Knowledge and skills in these critical areas increasingly are becoming necessary for success in our global, knowledge-based economy. That’s why President Obama has proposed the Computer Science for All initiative, to give every student in America an early start on the skills they will need to get ahead. The President’s budget this year will include $4 billion in funding for states, and $100 million directly for districts, to increase access to K-12 computer science by training teachers, expanding access to high-quality instructional materials and building effective regional partnerships.
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