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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.Link to article