Education, School of, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Journal or Book Title
Journal of Latinos and Education
Latina students are enrolling in postsecondary education in high numbers, yet their enrollment in engineering fields remains low. Part of the challenge Latina students face is a struggle to develop a strong professional identity as an engineer. Using a phenomenological approach, this study examined the experiences of undergraduate Latina engineering students. Researchers used a four-step process to understand the meaning-making process of identity formation. Latina engineering students developed professional identities through interactions with family members, engagement with identity-based organizations, and in relation to their other identities. Implications include the need to enhance family involvement, provide organizational support, and consider intersecting identities.
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Rodriguez, Sarah L.; Doran, Erin E.; and Sissel, Mackenzie, "Becoming La Ingeniera: Examining the Engineering Identity Development of Undergraduate Latina Students" (2019). Education Publications. 178.