On September 15, the STEM Panel for Scholars inaugurated the celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month at the Manassas Campus. Professor Sara Mendoza invited four distinguished scientists from different subject areas including math, informatics, biology, physics and engineering, who represented a wide array of Hispanic countries.
Ana Valentin from the Bureau of Census, Javier Ortiz from John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Elena Hernandez-Ramon from National Institutes of Health, and Adan Rodrigues -Arroyo from NASA, all shared their stories, anecdotes, challenges and accomplishments that finally got them to achieve their career goals.
The event served as a space for open discussion and gave the opportunity for students to ask questions as well as express their concerns. Panelists spent time afterward and shared ideas with students and information about internships in different subject areas. The event was an inspirational opportunity for students.
The Manassas Hispanic Heritage Month Committee members worked together to support this and other events that will take place at the Campus throughout Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15). The Global Learning Center, Student Life Office, the Provost Office, HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Action), and faculty and staff members, Judith James, Marcie Schreibman, Ramunda Young, Professor Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz, Dr. Ia Gomez and Mendoza were on this committee.