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Minorities in Engineering
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) has continuously grown from a single professional chapter in Los Angeles to an organization comprised of over 200 student and 80 professional chapters across the U.S. As the organization grew across the country through the 1980-1990s, SHPE’s internal organization infrastructure evolved and consisted of a staff and board that focused on the fiduciary duties, governance, and operations of the organization. Throughout the 1990s-2000’s, the chapter and membership growth of the organization stemmed from the growth of its episodic, event-based programming, i.e., National Technical Careers Conference (now named the SHPE Convention), National Institute for Leadership Advancement (NILA), and the Regional Leadership Development Conferences (RLDCs). National committees, determined by the SHPE executive and comprised of SHPE volunteers, focused on the development and operation of continuous programming. During the 1990’s, the National Student Affairs Committee was created to focus on the chapter-based/-focused programming (which serves professionals, graduate and undergraduate students). During the mid-2000’s, the National Student Affairs Committee evolved to the National Affairs Committee (NAC) and oversees three key components for the organization: (i) chapter bylaw approvals, (ii) regional leadership training, and (iii) chapter development, reporting, and compliance.
SHPE chapter development, reporting, and compliance started as a nationalized chapter program named, at the time, the End-of-Year Report (EOYR) program and evolved to the National Report Program (NRP) and is the focus of the present work. Throughout the 2010’s, SHPE underwent internal infrastructure evolutions, including an inter-organizational merger, in order to expand and be better able to fulfill its mission to serve the Hispanic community. The NRP also underwent transformations from the EOYR which focused on chapter compliance to the current iteration of the NRP which supplements on the former by targeting chapter growth, development and management through a STEM workforce-preparedness pedagogical framework. Moreover, the current NRP has evolved past its namesake of reporting to being the leading SHPE program that educates and provides the management and operations tools for chapter’s to ensure their mission alignment and compliance towards the success of the members.
The study of the decade-long transformation of the NRP serves as a case-study regarding how grassroots, chapter-based national engineering diversity organizations scale and mature their nationalized chapter programming to be continuous-development cycle and data-driven. The two hypotheses of this work are that: (i) the study serves as an example of best practices and lessons for other peer chapter-based national engineering diversity organizations and (ii) the current NRP programmatic pedagogical structure serves as robust system to prepare Hispanics STEM professionals for the STEM workforce and ensure organizational mission fulfillment. The experience report will detail the study as a decade-by-decade timeline of the NRP as it was changing and implemented and the benefits and limitations that were addressed as the program matured. In addition to the decade-long history and evidence of the success of the current program infrastructure, the experience report will detail an analysis of the lessons learned, current outcomes, and future plans of the NRP within SHPE current strategic plan.
Rodriguez, M., & Siles, K. M., & Renaud, D. L. (2020, June), A Decade-long Programmatic Study of SHPE’s Chapter Reporting Program: Best Practices, Lessons Learned, and Outcomes for National Engineering Diversity Chapter-based Organizations (Experience) Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--33997
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