So I’m walking down the hall at school today when, suddenly, I’m halted by the sound of what I recognize to be Spanish. Awesome! Could it be that now there are more than 2 students out of nearly 100 in my department that are Latin? (this is no exaggeration) No way… or I mean no, guey! If you’re Mexican or live in Cali, you’re certainly familiar with this expression which is pronounced the same as “way”, hence the title of my post but I digress… Well, I get around the corner only to realize that it’s just the Mexican construction workers doing renovations. WTF. What’s the deal with the disparity of Latins in the sciences? It has to be a cultural thing because I know for a fact there are numerous opportunities for scholarships. Some organizations are virtually begging for Latins to apply in the STEM disciplines. I’m not hung up on race and don’t really care how many Latins are around me in a lab but more so I’m concerned with the overwhelming lack of Latins anywhere besides landscaping and construction. At the end of the day I don’t think race really matters much but only when you have a diversity represented. Of course the disparity is overwhelming here because there are so many low socioeconomic class immigrants that come to the US looking for a better life. You would think, though, that after a few generations of being here, the children and grandchildren of these immigrants would strive for progress and not just by taking over the family “taqueria”. Anyway, it was just a little observation. I had to shake my head and laugh as I walked by. Typical. I’ll do a more in depth analysis of the issue once I get some real statistics.
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