Final ASU Faculty Lecture is May 6


dr. anicia alvarez

Photo by Julie Waechter. Dr. Anicia Alvarez recently received an Adams State University Presidential Teacher Award.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills are now more than ever necessary in order for the U.S. to compete in a global economy. The Adams State University next Faculty Lecture Persistence and Retention of Hispanic Students in STEM Fields, by Dr. Anicia Alvarez, associate professor of teacher education, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in Porter Hall room 130.

It is projected that between 2010 and 2020, the overall employment in STEM occupations will increase by 17 percent (JEC). The National Science Foundation (NSF) projects an increase by 50 percent in STEM careers. Yet, institutions are not producing enough graduates to meet this demand. Not many students are pursuing degrees and careers in the STEM fields and this is even more prevalent among Hispanic tertiary education students.

The purpose of this presentation is to review the related literature and to summarize what is currently known to influence the decisions of Hispanic students to persist in STEM fields. Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) have the potential to increase the number of STEM degrees awarded to Latina/o students. Understanding what factors may contribute to persistence and retention of these students in STEM majors will help them better navigate and overcome barriers to obtaining STEM degrees.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristy Duran, associate professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or