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Social-cognitive Leadership Theory of SHPE’s Premier Leadership Conference for Undergraduates and Professionals in the STEM Workforce

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2021 CoNECD


Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day

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January 24, 2021

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January 24, 2021

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January 28, 2021

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CoNECD Session : Day 3 Slot 3 Technical Session 2

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Diversity and CoNECD Paper Submissions

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Sophia Lauren Plata University of Southern California


Indhira María Hasbún Florida International University Orcid 16x16

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Indhira María Hasbún is a Ph.D. candidate and Graduate Research Assistant in the School of Universal Computing, Construction, and Engineering Education (SUCCEED) at Florida International University (FIU). Her research analyzes the interplay between institutional structures, culture, and agents at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) with a particular focus on idetifying how colleges of engineering at HSIs can leverage their institutional systems to enable and sustain educational transformation as they pursue their goals of serving undergraduate Latinx engineering students.

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Mauro Rodriguez Jr. California Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Mauro Rodriguez Jr is a post-doctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology focusing on cavitation bubble dynamics in and near non-linear viscoelastic materials under the supervision of Professor Tim Colonius. He earned with doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor under the supervision of Associate Professor Eric Johnsen. Rodriguez's doctoral thesis focused on high-fidelity computational fluid dynamic simulations of bubble dynamics near (linear) viscoelastic media. In 2012, he received Masters of Science in mechanical engineering from Stanford University as a graduate engineering fellow. In 2010, he earned his Bachelors of Science degree with honors in mechanical science and engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rodriguez is committed to increasing Hispanic participation and success across all levels of science, technology, engineering and math workforce pathways. He has served in several national leadership positions for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) since 2009.

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Dora Louise Renaud Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

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Dora Renaud currently serves as the Senior Director of Academic Programs and Professional Development of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Dora oversees the development and management of grants, scholarships, professional development, and National Programs that address the needs of SHPE members.
For over a decade Dora has been an adjunct faculty with the American College of Education, impacting educators across the world by developing curriculum and teaching masters and doctoral level courses in education administration, curriculum and instruction, and bilingual education. Prior to working for SHPE, she was a public school administrator serving campuses with over 1,500 students. Dora also served as the instructional specialist and curriculum manager for 245 elementary, middle and high school campuses. She has collaborated with other faculty and departments across the nation to develop graduate programs with clear course objectives, learning outcomes and engaging, rigorous curriculum that leads to student achievement. Dora has been an international literacy trainer with a focus on linguistics, literacy development, and second language learners. In addition, she has served on the boards of directors for the Association of Hispanic School Administrators, Texas Reading Association, and Chess for Humanity.
Dora is a former fellow of the Teaching Trust Executive Leadership Teams Program where she learned how to lead with trust and influence in order to achieve results and increase technical competence of her team while simultaneously increasing the team's effectiveness. Dora was selected to participate in the Cooperative Superintendency Program which is an executive leadership program to gain the skills necessary to become effective superintendents.
Dora earned her doctorate in Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. She has a Master’s of Science in Reading, Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a specialization in Bilingual Education. Her published research is in the area of professional development for educational leaders.

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The recent and rapid growth of Hispanics in collegiate engineering disciplines over the past decade has spurred the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)’s to accelerate the sophistication of its leadership development and annual chapter programming infrastructure. SHPE aims this effort towards its mission fulfillment of advancing Hispanics as contributors and leaders in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. To this end, McCormick’s social cognitive leadership model was mapped to SHPE’s leadership development and annual chapter programming infrastructure and cycle. The National Institute for Leadership Advancement (NILA), SHPE’s premier leadership development conference, was mapped to the leader social cognitions portion of the McCormick model due to its incorporation of domain-specific leadership and self-efficacy. We measured the NILA attendees’ gained self-efficacy through pre- and post-conference surveys. The survey questions and validity are presented. The survey results show a growth of attendees’ self-efficacy and preparation to interface in their leadership environment of the STEM collegiate system and workforce. Given McCormick’s leadership model and our mappings focus on leadership self-efficacy, the leadership programming and chapter-based organizational infrastructure is widely applicable to other chapter-based organizations.

Plata, S. L., & Hasbún, I. M., & Rodriguez, M., & Renaud, D. L. (2021, January), Social-cognitive Leadership Theory of SHPE’s Premier Leadership Conference for Undergraduates and Professionals in the STEM Workforce Paper presented at 2021 CoNECD, Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day . 10.18260/1-2--36121

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