For 40 years, SHPE has been dedicated to increasing the number of Hispanics in STEM. Today, SHPE is comprised of a national network of 334 Student and Professional Chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico. Each year, SHPE coordinates the largest Hispanic technical conference in the U.S., bringing together over 5,000 Hispanic university students, STEM professionals, and pre-college students. Over 300 corporate and government agencies attend the conference to recruit talent for paid internships and full-time positions.
In 2003, in order to address the concern about the lack of Hispanic STEM talent in the career pipeline, SHPE established a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. The initial goal of the SHPE Foundation was to meet the growing financial need of Hispanic youth in order to pursue higher education in STEM. The SHPE Foundation recognized early in its formation that it could have an even greater impact on Hispanic youth by offering educational programs through SHPE Chapters.
SHPE Foundation programs are conducted in cooperation with prestigious academic institutions across the country. The foundation also partners with corporate sponsors and federal agencies to expose students to STEM opportunities and the technical knowledge necessary to succeed. SHPE Foundation has established broad-based educational enrichment, recruitment and retention programs throughout the country. A major focus of the SHPE Foundation’s STEM educational activities has been in locations with fast-growing Hispanic communities ripe for nurturing a pipeline of future engineers and technical innovators. This has been bolstered by a successful scholarship program and the support of SHPE Chapters and partner organizations.