AT&T Enlists Young Latinas in STEM

AT&T become pioneers in seeking out Latinas to work in technology

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: October 30, 2017

AT&T Enlists Young Latinas in STEM

AT&T recently hosted an event called DiversityTrek at Foshay Learning Center, where 56 students attended.

AT&T wanted to create a workshop promoting diversity, that opened the eyes of young Latinas to the possibility of potential careers in STEM. The goal was to create dialog between these girls and Latina women currently working in the field who have the same background as them, LAUSD alum. AT&T really wants to empower these young women to chase careers with their company.

During this event, many great things transpired. There were women who shared their stories to inspire these young girls. One of them included Blanca Barrera, Director of Construction and Engineering at AT&T. She has worked for the company for 31 years. Blanca is an immigrant from Guadalajara, Mexico who was raised by a single mother. Through her struggles, she managed to put herself through school at LMU, where she majored in Engineering.

Beatris Mendez Gandica, Program Director at Microsoft, lead an engineering workshop where girls built a tower using only spaghetti, chocolate, and marshmallows. This activity put into action their creative thinking, collaborative skills, and interest in the possibility of working in STEM. AT&T wants to shape the next generation of Latinas in Technology.

This is the very first time AT&T works with Foshay's group of high school students, also becoming pioneers working with TECHNOLOchicas.

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