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Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight #4

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, SWE will be highlighting Latinx/Hispanic women engineers and entrepreneurs in a series of blog posts.

Meet and learn about three SWEesters in SWE’s Latinos Affinity Group: Rosa Araiza, Claudia Galvan, and Kayra Johnson.

Rosa AraizaHispanic Heritage Month

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. Biomedical Engineering; M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (Graduating December 2020!)
Current Job/Title: Graduate Student

Hobbies: running, cooking, dancing

Connection to the Latinos AG: members of SWE and SHPE

What does being Latina/Hispanic/an Ally mean to you?

Being Latina means bringing ambition, pride, and confidence in everything I do – from my studies to my work to my cooking and running

Claudia GalvanHispanic Heritage Month Spotlight #4

Pronouns: she/her (ella)

Degrees/Certifications: BSc, Computer Science; MSc Program and Project Management, EdD Education

Current Job/Title: Technical Advisor

Hobbies: Math, Reading, and Hiking

Connection to the Latinos AG: “Made in Mexico” Latina, Former Lead of Latinos AG, AG Lead for Diversity and Inclusion.

What does being a Latina/Hispanic/an ally mean to you?

“Being Latina means having huge pride and passion for my heritage, language, food, family, and friends. If you are ever in Silicon Valley, mi casa es su casa!”

Kayra JohnsonHispanic Heritage Month Spotlight #4

Pronouns: She, her

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. Chemical Engineering, M.S. Environmental Engineering, Licensed Professional Engineer-MS, Board Certified Environmental Engineer-American Academy of Environmental Engineers

Current Job/Title: Senior Engineer at FC&E Engineering

Hobbies: Reading, Travelling, Volunteering, Mentoring

Connection to Latinos AG: SWE Member

What does being Latina/an ally mean to you? 

“It means to represent my culture with pride, to pave the ways for the younger generations of Latina engineers, to show others how Latinos have contributed to the world for so many years.”

Other info: I’m proud to be an immigrant and to represent other Latinas in STEM and other careers. There aren’t many Latinos where I currently live, so I feel it’s my duty to represent us well.

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