For Rene Chavez, a first generation, Latino Software Engineering (SE) student at Iowa State University (ISU), finding one’s place at a primarily white institution like ISU has had its challenges. Even though he grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, he was largely surrounded by his own Latino community. “When I came to ISU to get …Continue reading “Rene Chavez (SE ’21): “And Don’t Give Up””
Thousands of new students are beginning their Cyclone Engineering adventure this week, creating new friendships, memories and preparing for their careers. Clayton Johnson, an engineering academic advisor and leader of the learning community for undecided engineering majors, sees these first few weeks as a critical time to begin the conversation on race, diversity, inclusivity and multiculturalism.