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Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers at Thayer

Members of the new Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) student chapter at Dartmouth represented Thayer School for the first time at the society’s 2018 national convention, held last fall in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Courtesy of SHPE.

Many of the 10 students who attended were exposed to the competitive corporate world of engineering for the first time. Having prepared as a group beforehand with workshops in networking, interviewing, and resume-building, students forged connections with recruiters and employees from top companies, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA, GE, and Exxon Mobile, says Dartmouth SHPE president and cofounder Anaqhelly Cisneros ’19. 

“There were a lot of Hispanic employees who are engineers and who also look like them, so I think it was important for our members to see that and to know that they can contribute to those companies in the same way,” says Cisneros, who started SHPE last year with cofounder Celeste Vazquez ’18 after learning about the organization through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. 

Although geared toward engineering, SHPE is open to all Hispanic and Latinx Dartmouth students in STEM fields. In addition to providing networking and job-search support, SHPE aims to help students find mentors and access resources while at Dartmouth and beyond, explains vice president David Lacroix ’19. 

“One of the goals that we hope to accomplish long-term is to level the playing field,” says Lacroix. “A lot of the students at Dartmouth and other institutions come in knowing X, Y, and Z, but what about the students who don’t come from a particular background? What SHPE hopes to do is provide resources and empower them to be the best they can be.” 

The students also hope SHPE can attract financial support to help fund future trips to the national convention. Additionally, the chapter intends to create an alumni board to assist the student members and executive board by offering guidance and professional contacts, says Cisneros. 

“Wherever we end up going in the corporate world or for graduate school, we want to be in touch with the current executive board so that we can recruit talent from them,” Cisneros says, “because we think SHPE can go a long way, as long as we maintain those connections.” 

—Kristen Senz

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