2013 Chester Ruiz and Arturo Aleman begin discussions about the fundamental need to improve the representation of Latinos in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Chester was working out of an incubator in Silicon Valley named the nestGSV where he worked with a team of individuals who wanted to expand the horizons for Dreamers.  Arturo worked out of Sacramento where he provided consulting services to for profit, nonprofit and government organizations and where he helped to found United Latinos, Promoviendo Accion Civica a civic engagement nonprofit.  With the help of Chester's team at the nest they held a one day conference at the nestGSV to discuss Latinos in Technology.

2014 Margarita Colmenares  joins the discussion and soon thereafter the three founders form the Latino STEM Association (LSA).  On May 13, 2014 Latino STEM, Inc. was incorporated with the California Secretary of State and recognized as as a Section 172 organization nonprofit by the IRS on February 1, 2015.  Latino STEM is dedicated to enhancing the educational and professional development of Latinos in the United States. By combining their unique talents the three founders decided to organize a conference for Latino students to encourage them to enter the STEM fields.

2015 the LSA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of California, Davis (UCD) to hold the conference.  On September 26, 2014, Latino STEM Association held the first Latino STEM Conference in collaboration with the University of California, Davis campus and United Latinos.  Students and alumni from UC Davis, Sacramento State University and Stanford University volunteer to organize the conference.  LSA enters into a partnership with CALESS (UCD Latino Engineering Students) to organize the event.   More than 200 students attend six  seminars and continuous training on matriculation and financial aid.  The conference was sponsored by UCD, United Latinos, ThinkVerde, A Aleman & Associates, Dreamerlogix, SES, Intel, and several local school districts.  Find out more about the conference at the Conference tab.

2016 LSA joins Sacramento City Community College effort to acquire Hispanic Serving Institution grant and holds an informational training at SCCC 100 year anniversary.

2017 LSA is currently in the process of pursuing new agreements to hold another conference.  

See:  Vida en el Valle:  http://www.vidaenelvalle.com/news/state/california/sacramento/article36981285.html


Our vision is to engage the Latino community in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts  and Mathematics industries on a global scale.

We will achieve our vision by bringing to the Latino community an understanding of the role they play in the development of the future of the planet by connecting them to the opportunities that are extant and yet to be developed.


Our goals are:

  • To educate Latinos on the methods of entrepreneurial development by incorporating ongoing changes in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • To ensure that Latinos are able to enjoy the fruits of their creativity and energy by providing them a vehicle by which they can come together with other like-minded persons and develop their creative capacities to the fullest extent possible.

  • To build collaborative relationships with individuals and organizations that will help our members realize their individual dreams.

  • To open the avenues to investment opportunities by constantly developing relationships with individuals and organizations who are willing to invest in Latino creativity.


Our objectives for the years 2017-2019 are to:

  • Initiate collaborative opportunities with supportive organizations.

  • Host a conference at an institution of higher learning that will launch a long and productive relationship to achieve mutual goals.

  • Involve every stakeholder in the advancement of the vision by including them in the opportunities that become available.

  • Identify, collect and distribute opportunities by all means possible.

  • Inform the general public of the scope of the work that is being performed.



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