Nissan and LULAC Combine Efforts to Encourage Hispanic Teens
Nissan and LULAC—the League of United Latin American Citizens—are striving to put Latino students in positions that will enable them to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. To help, Nissan has donated $180,000 to LULAC’s National Education Service Centers, $40,000 of which goes to the LULAC National Scholarship Fund.
“Nissan delivers cutting-edge technology to one of the most diverse consumer bases in the automotive industry and to sustain that competitive edge, we look to today’s top-notch students to develop their skills so that they can one day help us design and build innovative vehicles,” said Jeffrey Webster, Nissan’s director of Diversity and Inclusion. “Since Nissan launched the Generación Innovación (GEN I) initiative last year, young Latinos around the country have gotten access to peers, professionals and activities that inspire them to pursue a STEM education.”
Latinos make up about 25 percent of the United States’ under 18 population, yet only seven percent of the STEM workforce is comprised of people of Hispanic descent. Nissan and LULAC have worked together on projects such GEN I, which opens doors to allow Latino youth access to LNESC’s Washington Youth Leadership Seminars and College Days among other helpful programs.
The LNESC Washington Youth Leadership Seminar brings together kids from around the country to learn more about STEM from individuals with on-the-job experience, and College Days run from September to March in cities including Houston, Chicago and Orlando.
For more information about these and other programs, please visit www.lnesc.org.