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What type of challenges will I face going into Engineering Physics being of Hispanic descent?

I am of Hispanic descent and have had many challenges joining in groups. There is not a lot of diversity in my high school. Just wondering what is the diversity level of students going into the engineering and/or physics arena? And will it hold me back? #engineering #physics #hispanic

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Luis "Lou"’s Answer

Rocco, Mr. Zhao is right about the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and what they do. But, I am curious: what kind of challenges are you expecting to encounter. From a technical perspective, I have never encountered any challenges based on my heritage. I have encountered social and language related "situations", but as a matter of fact, some of them worked to my advantage.
I don't think you need to fear that your Hispanic heritage will negatively interfere with your career as an engineer. On the contrary, I think it will help.
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Taylor’s Answer

Hi Rocco!

I'm glad you are going into engineering! We definitely need more diversity! There's actually a national organization for Hispanic engineers:
http://www.shpe.org/

Its a great organization that connects you with career opportunities, scholarships, and network groups. Many Universities have a chapter on campus that you can join. The diversity in engineering and physics definitely do need work since its mostly male but many Universities are making programs dedicated to minority groups and women which is great! You can check out your particular colleges you're interested in by looking up what diversity programs they offer. I'm sure they have a list of student organizations or resources to help you.

Good luck!
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