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    Navy hosts Student Leadership, Latina Day Sessions during HESTEC 2017

    Navy hosts Latina Day Sessions at HESTEC 2017

    Photo By Burrell Parmer | EDINBURG, Texas - (Oct. 4, 2017) Harlingen, Texas, native, Logistics Specialist 2nd...... read more read more



    Story by Burrell Parmer 

    Navy Recruiting Command

    “Changing the world through STEM” is the theme of the 2017 Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) Week held on the campus of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Oct. 2 - 7.

    Sailors and support personnel of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, Navy City Outreach Southwest Region, and the Navy's Diversity Office participated in Student Leadership Day and Latina Day, Oct. 3 – 4.

    HESTEC Week is an educational conference that features events geared toward promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to people of all ages and backgrounds.

    During two Student Leadership Day breakout sessions, Lt. Andrew Descrary, Navy Civil Engineering Corps and Electrician's Mate Nuclear 2nd Class Jonathan Toth of Navy Recruiting Station McAllen briefed and discussed the 15 military leadership traits.

    “It’s important for students to learn and understand leadership,” said Descary, a native of Bakersfield, Calif. “It will instill those qualities that every leader needs to be successful, not just in the Navy, but aboard in the world.”

    Monica Longoria, a teacher with Business, Education & Technology Academy High School believes it is important for students to come to HESTEC to be exposed to different environments.

    “I believe that giving students the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the areas of STEM is beneficial,” said Longoria. “Student Leadership Day helps reminds us that our students are potential leaders. The leadership characteristics briefed to the students by the Sailors are those expected by any organization in the world.”

    On Oct. 4, Latina Day was held to celebrate and promote women in the STEM fields. Hundreds of young Latinas from throughout South Texas were brought together to hear the inspiring stories of prominent women of all colors succeeding in careers and job tracks once exclusive to men.

    Houston native, Lt. Cmdr. Diana Tran-Yu of Navy City Outreach Southwest, along with Logistics Specialist 2nd Class JoAnn Consiglio, Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Karen Quepons, Quartermaster 2nd Class Brianna Crayton from Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, discussed grassroots perspectives on opportunities, benefits, and careers in the Navy.

    They also served as role models to inspire young Latinas to pursue a career in the STEM fields.

    Claudia Cortez, an engineering teacher with Gladys Porter High School in Brownsville, Texas, had attended HESTEC as a student, and now as a teacher.

    “This was a great opportunity for the girls to be exposed to careers that are in the Navy,” said Cortez. “It is good for them to see that there are females in the Navy and that they can have a career in the Navy just as the men.”

    According to Cortez, the culture is more family orientated in the Rio Grande Valley.

    “There are many that wish to stay close to their families and their communities, but having these sessions with the Navy and other organizations provides them insight to explore opportunities outside the valley.”

    Through the support of sponsors and partners, to include the U.S. Navy, HESTEC strives to empower teachers and administrators with the resources to inspire their students to pursue STEM careers through Educators Day, Student Leadership Day, Latina Day, Robotics Day, the Middle School Challenge, and the Navy’s SeaPerch Challenge Competition. Additionally, during the Fall Career Expo, university students will be provided with employment and internship opportunities, and the community as a whole will partake in Community Day.



    Date Taken: 10.04.2017
    Date Posted: 10.04.2017 19:03
    Story ID: 250622
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