TEXAS – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will host the “THRIVE Latino Summit” for university faculty and administrators May 18-19 on South Padre Island.
This year’s summit will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott South Padre Island, and will focus on the THRIVE (The Healthy DepaRtment Initiative for InclusiVe Excellence) partnership, which is supported by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program, in addition, the event aims to remedy gender inequality in STEM academic careers.
Marci McMahon, co-PI of the grant and professor of Literatures and Cultural Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at UTRGV, said the summit will be the first of its kind to support Latinas in STEM.
“It will be a historic gathering of 60 STEM department chairs, facilitators, organizations, Hispanic-serving institutions and professors coming together to support Latinas in STEM,” McMahon said.
The THRIVE Partnership, over the next year, will facilitate an initiative of department chairs and their teams to develop and implement a plan to promote a psychologically healthy workplace where faculty, especially Latinas, thrive. The summit will serve to share resources, produce knowledge and build networks.
Attendees will include more than 100 academics and members of professional societies, including STEM facilitators working with the initiative, Latinas in STEM organizations, HSI networks, Latino STEM faculty and some Latina STEM students.
Ala Qubbaj, grant PI and dean of the UTRGV College of Engineering and Computer Science, said the summit is designed to increase representation and support for Latinas in STEM across the country.