STEM Education

Mother and son at the lab

Between 2010 and 2020 the overall employment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations is projected to increase by 17 percent, yet not enough Latino students are pursuing degrees and careers in the STEM fields to meet the increasing demand. Only 67 percent of Hispanic students have access to a full range of STEM courses (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in high school. The lack of STEM representation is more prevalent at the postsecondary level with only 16 percent of Hispanics and 8.8% percent of Latinas completing their STEM bachelor’s degree.more Latinos, including girls and young women, in rigorous STEM courses and research opportunities; promote STEM careers through mentorships, internships, after school programming, and summer opportunities that can put these students on track to pursue STEM disciplines in college; increase the STEM teacher workforce; or provide resources for STEM teachers.

Hispanics and STEM Education Fact Sheet [PDF, 527KB]


In commemoration of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary, the Initiative made a national call for Commitments to Action, encouraging public, private, and nonprofit investments in the creation and/or expansion of quality education programming throughout the nation service Hispanics. Access the list of organizations that made a Commitment to invest in STEM.