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First Gen Latinas in STEMprenuers

First Gen Latinas in STEMprenuers: October 6th, 2021 5:30 - 7:30 Zoom Event

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies at Texas State University is planning a day to celebrate the achievements of First-Generation Latinas in STEMpreneurs. Our aim is to bring awareness to the underrepresentation/disparities in the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce, where Hispanics represent 8% of STEM employment and lower for Latinas. Our goal is to highlight Latina STEM professionals who will share their personal and career backgrounds, academic, and STEMpreneur paths. We aim to inspire important discussions about their journey with college and high school students who are interested in STEM careers and entrepreneurship.


Share your stories of being a First-Generation Latina STEMpreneur or RSVP for this event by filling out the form(s) at the bottom of this webpage!


Special Thanks to all of our collaborating sponsors!

Department of Communication Disorders, Department of Biology, Latino Studies Minor, Alkek Library, and the Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship 

Event Co-Chairs

Micaela Vargas, Ph.D.

Micaela Vargas, Ph.D.

Lecturer, TXST Department of Biology, VidaBio, LLC, Founder

Dr. Maria Resendiz

Maria Resendiz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, TXST Department of Communication Disorders


 Keila E. Torres, M.D., PH.D., FACS

Keila E. Torres, M.D., PH.D., FACS

Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sniffing for the Cure and Comparative Oncology Solutions, Founder

Melissa Alanis, M.S., CCC-SLP

Melissa Alanis, M.S., CCC-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio


Samantha Huerta

Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft, LatinaGeeks President, Los Angeles, California

Moderator and Honoring Posthumous

Elsa Gonzalez, PH.D


Elsa Gonzales, PH.D. Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Houston

Dora Menchaca, PH.D.

Honoring Posthumous

Dora Menchaca, PH.D., Director of Clinical Research, Amgen

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Young Women in Bio Ambassadors

Marith D.

Marith D.

Eastside Early College High School, Austin, Texas.

Swara K.

Swara K.

Plano West High School, Plano, Texas

If you are a Latina STEMprenuer and want to share your story, click below!

Please register by clicking below!