NJIT Senior Finds Hispanic Role Models in Software Internships
From NJIT to Apple to Google and back, senior computer science and mathematics major Ricky Palaguachi always expands his peer network around those who share Hispanic heritage.
On campus, he’s the webmaster for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), which welcomes students from any major. He is also a McNair student, receiving scholarships and support as an underrepresented STEM major aspiring to graduate study. As a software engineering intern, he associated with diversity groups called Amigos @Apple and Hispanic Googlers Network. Now, returning to campus, he’s excited about the promise of the recently announced Hispanic and Latinx Leadership Council.
“I like any opportunity to help. I see it as community service. Anyone with a background like me is a plus,” said Palaguachi, whose parents are from Ecuador. “It’s a cultural thing where we’re here for each other, always. That’s been ingrained in me my entire life. Any opportunity that arises at NJIT, at Apple or Google or wherever, I’ve always checked that box.” Click here to continue reading.