Department of Mathematics

Mathematics Education Colloquium Series

  •  Math Ed Colloquium: The blending of academic and social support through apoyo and consejos in the mathematical success of three undergraduate Latinx engineering students
  •  11/07/2017
  •  1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
  •  252 EH
  •  Luis Leyva, Vanderbilt University

Analyses of academic success among Latinxs in undergraduate STEM education have shed light on gendered disparities between Latinx women and Latinx men. In the United States, Latinx women have higher grade point averages and degree completion rates than Latinx men even though they also report lower levels of confidence. Despite the masculinization of engineering and mathematics spaces perpetuated through women’s underrepresentation and norms of engagement, Latinx women earn over half of science and engineering degrees conferred to their racial group. With undergraduate mathematics serving as a gatekeeper for advanced STEM coursework among historically marginalized populations, qualitative analyses of Latinx undergraduate men’s experiences of mathematical success can illuminate ways to inform more socially affirming STEM postsecondary educational opportunities for them. This presentation shares findings from a phenomenological study of mathematical success as a socially exclusionary experience among three Latinx men pursuing engineering majors at a large predominantly white, four-year University. A cross-case analysis of the three men’s mathematics experiences documented using multiple data sources reveals how academically and socially supportive opportunities, likened to apoyo (moral support) and consejos (narratives of advice) from Latinx culture, shaped their high school and undergraduate mathematical success. Implications are raised to inform change in mathematics education and STEM support programs to better meet Latinx men’s academic and social needs across the K-16 STEM pipeline.



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