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MDHCC is Event Sponsor for First-Ever Maryland Hispanic STEM Awareness Day

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Seth McDonnell
info@mdhcc.org
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Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is Event Sponsor for
First-Ever Maryland Hispanic STEM Awareness Day
 

Baltimore, MD—October 24, 2017—The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC), the leading chamber of commerce representing and connecting over 60,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the region, is excited to announce that it will be the Event Sponsor for the Hispanic STEM Awareness Day on November 4th, 2017.

This event in particular, which strives to celebrate the contributions and encourage the participation of Hispanics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is a true embodiment of the Festival’s mission “to encourage all students, regardless of background and experience, to take a greater interest in STEM with the hope they will pursue a STEM related/focused career.”

Maryland STEM Festival Director, Phil Rogofsky, said of the event, “We are very excited about this event because it will significantly increase the Hispanic Community's access to STEM.  We feel the Hispanic Community has been greatly underserved by the STEM World.”

Hispanics have historically been underrepresented in STEM fields, which offer many lucrative career opportunities in blue-collar industries as well as advanced degree tracks. In fact, according to the American Communities Survey Report, “Disparities in STEM Employment by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin” Hispanics made up 15% of U.S. workers in 2011 but comprised only 7% of the STEM workforce.

The MDHCC, which this year launched its Government Affairs Committee in part to advocate for Hispanic representation in emergent industries, is hopeful that this Festival is a first step toward bringing attention to this issue. “We are proud of the strides we have taken as Maryland’s fastest-growing business community, but we need to strategically channel that growth into fields like STEM that will transform Hispanics into the leaders of tomorrow,” said MDHCC Chairman & President, Jorge Eduardo Castillo. “We encourage our members who are involved in STEM fields to get involved in this event to encourage and inspire young Hispanics to pursue careers in these important fields.”

Maryland Hispanic STEM Awareness Day will take place on Saturday, November 4th at Wilde Lake Middle School from 2:00-5:00pm, and is a free event open to families. For information on how to get involved or to sponsor the event, email mdstemfest@gmail.com.


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About the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the premier state-wide institution for the representation and advancement of business interests before the public and private sectors. The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC) focuses on developing a business network that provides the Hispanic community and the business community at large with cohesion and strength. The MDHCC delivers its members with the three proven “P’s” to propel businesses towards success: Promotion, Partnerships and Procurement Advice.

Since its inception, the MDHCC has worked towards bringing the issues and concerns of the state’s thousands of Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the state’s economic agenda. Throughout its 30-year history, the Chamber has enjoyed outstanding working relationships with the state’s Administration, the state legislature and its leaders, Members of Maryland’s Congressional delegation and the current and former White House Administrations. Through its association with a network of local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Hispanic business organizations, the MDHCC effectively communicates the needs and potential of Hispanic and non-Hispanic enterprises to the public and private sector. For more information visit www.mdhcc.org.


About the Maryland STEM Festival

The Maryland STEM Festival completed its second successful year with over 40,000 individuals attending nearly 500 events.  Every County in Maryland held at least one event making this one of the few statewide Festivals.  The mission of the Festival is to encourage all students, regardless of background and experience, to take a greater interest in STEM with the hope they will pursue a STEM related/focused career. The 2017 Festival will exceed 600 events.



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