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In order to thrive and even survive  in the worldwide market-place of ideas and innovation, the  U.S.  must  aggressively meet the challenge of increasing the number of students who complete degrees in the fields of science, technology,  engineering,  and  mathematics  (STEM).  It  is  critical  for  the economic  and  social  health  of  the U.S. that a globally competitive STEM work force is maintained and the engagement  of  diverse  individuals  who can  contribute  to  innovations  and advancements  in  STEM  areas  is  expanded.  Although  there  has  been  an upturn in the past two years, computing fields have certainly experienced a significant decrease in the number of majors and graduates. Engaging large segments  of  society  that  have  traditionally  not  been  involved—students from  underrepresented  groups—is critical  in  addressing  work  force needs  and  innovation,  especially  in computing.  One  group  in  particular that  is prime  for  greater  inclusion in computing  is  Hispanics.  Hispanics have  the  fastest  growth  rate  among all groups in the U.S. (one in four newborns  is  Hispanic  according  to  the Pew  Foundation5),  yet  this  group  re-mains significantly underrepresented in  STEM  careers  and  in  the  number of  graduates  who  obtain  advanced degrees.

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