Olivia A. Graeve, University of California, San Diego
Latino Engineering Faculty in the United States—A Personal Perspective and Journey
A personal narrative, journey and perspectives on diversity and equity in the sciences and engineering will be presented. Views on multiculturalism, empathy and the building of human connections will also be discussed. In addition, a variety of demographic characteristics of Latino faculty in engineering at U.S. universities, including academic rank, gender, geographical distribution across the 50 U.S. states and country of origin will also be presented. The total population of Latino engineering faculty is approximately 587, with 485 men (83%) and 102 women (17%). Of this total, we find that about 86% are immigrants from Mexico, Central America and South America, with Mexico contributing the greatest number (25.9%, Mexico = 152). We propose that efforts must be made to increase the ranks of U.S.-born Latino engineering faculty in higher education, as the current number is a mere 48, a problem that has its roots in the extreme lack of pipeline of Hispanic Americans into doctoral programs and the professoriate. The consequences of ignoring this issue results in a lack of role models for our U.S.-born Latino youth, who look for examples of successes in academia from among the people they "grew up with." Discussion will be based on "Latino engineering faculty in the United States" [G. Arellano, O. Jaime, and O.A. Graeve, MRS Bull. 43 (2), 131–133 (2018).