HESTEC’s Latina Day

HESTEC's Latina Day
Posted on 10/10/2016
HESTECAbout 1,200 female high school students and their mothers were encouraged to dream big and aim high at Latina Day, part of Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

This is the first year UTRGV has hosted the weeklong conference, but its legacy institution, The University of Texas-Pan American, had directed the event since 2002.

Mothers and daughters gathered at the Fieldhouse early in the morning to hear from inspiring women, including Veronica Gonzales, UTRGV vice president for Governmental and Community Relations; Dr. Theresa Maldonado, UTRGV senior vice president for Research, Innovation and Economic Development; Norma O. McCormick, coordinator of the Ready, Set, College! Partnership, Region Education Service Center; and Briana M. Lyssy, Governmental and Community Affairs liaison for Marathon Oil.

Maldonado, the first Hispanic female to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech, shared her success story, including how she attended 14 schools – four high schools – in her lifetime because her father was in the U.S. Air Force. She told the audience that at one point, she was not sure if she would go to college, or if it was right for her, or even what to study.