Established in 1975, SHPE-USC became one of the first student chapters in the nation. Since then, this organization has broken boundaries and defied stereotypes through continuously developing Latino/a student leaders who later become prominent professionals in their respective fields. SHPE-USC strives to provide an infrastructure which emphasizes chapter development, community outreach, leadership development, professional development, and academic integrity. Our members function as role models within the classroom, the USC community, and their own communities across the globe. It is our goal to motivate and inspire future generations by tackling the challenges faced by under-represented Latinos/as in STEM fields.
The success of SHPE-USC has grown due to the dedication of its members and executive board. Commitment is the key factor behind such SHPE-USC awards, namely: Viterbi Student Organization of the Year in 2006, SHPE National Blue Chip Chapter Award in 2006, Chapter of the Month Award for September and January of the 2009-2010 school year, the Latino Student Assembly Community Outreach Award in 2009, and the SHPE National Blue Chip Chapter Award in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017 and the Latino Student Assembly Organization of the Year Award in 2012 and 2017. In addition, we are ranked #3 in SHPE National for Membership Growth out of 234 chapters.