The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is a national organization with the mission to empower the Hispanic community through STEM awareness, access, support and development. At our collegiate chapter at the University of Oklahoma, we strive to live up to the mission by providing networking opportunities, leadership experiences, outreach initiatives, and an overall supportive family environment which we call our SHPE familia.
HELP US EXPAND OUR OUTREACH!
This year, the OU SHPE chapter is focusing on expanding our outreach efforts. We are working on several projects dedicated to motivate and empower youth interested in STEM. Our target location is south Oklahoma City where there is a lack of STEM awareness and initiatives. We strive to provide the support and ultimately increase the amount of Hispanics in pursing STEM degrees.
SHPE JR Chapters
The SHPE chapter at OU is focused on increasing our outreach initiatives. We are working on establishing Jr SHPE chapters at high schools in south Oklahoma City. Currently we are working with Southeast, Capitol Hill, Santa Fe, and Grant High School. Members of OU SHPE help high school students develop their own chapter that promotes STEM awareness and involvement. The students have meetings in which they do hands on activities, college prep, and engineering/STEM related lessons.
Noche De Ciencias (Night of Science)
Noche de Ciencias or Night of Science is a our biggest outreach event of each semester. We provide middle and high school students with a hands on STEM activity and competition. The event also includes presentations from professional engineers to encourage students to pursue STEM degrees. Further, financial aid and scholarship information is given by faculty from OU. This year we hope to motivate 50 students from OKC to explore STEM through an engaging robotic competition and an overall informative and motivating event.
As a new outreach initiative, the OU SHPE chapter wants to bring dozens of high school juniors from Oklahoma City to our campus for a day of STEM projects, student panels, tours, and presentations. The purpose of this event is to motivate incoming freshman not only to pursue engineering but to explore the opportunities and support offered at the Gallogly College of Engineering here at OU.
SHPE National Conference
Every year, the University of Oklahoma SHPE takes several members to participate in the SHPE National Conference which is known as one of the largest technical and career conference for Hispanics in the country with over 6,000 engineering professionals, students and corporate representatives attending. This year we are are raising funds to offer this amazing opportunity to high schools students to engage in workshops, competitions, and networking events along with the OU SHPE chapter.