Our Stories: Patricia Silva-Santisteban, Mentor

Patricia Silva-Santisteban photoPatricia Silva-Santisteban, Mentor, teaches Information Technology at John Tyler Community College in Virginia. Patricia witnessed the creation of Esperanza Fund and has been involved with the organization since its inception. She is so proud of the work of the Board and all of Esperanza’s volunteers. (This could have something to do with the fact that she is Alvaro Bedoya’s mom.)

Originally trained as an architect in Peru, Patricia quickly saw the importance of IT in all areas of life and reoriented her career towards technology. With the help of scholarships, she conducted her M.S. and Ph.D. studies in Advanced Computer Systems at SUNY Binghamton (now Binghamton University). Patricia is very interested in expanding the pathway for women and minority students to enter STEM careers. The faculty organization that she founded, Women in Technology, Science and Engineering (WITSE) actively works with local Richmond schools, churches, and community centers to promote that cause.

In addition to her career in IT, Patricia is an award-winning sculptor primarily working in clay and glass.

I began mentoring Esperanza scholars as soon as the mentorship program was founded. Since then, I have supported – witnessed, really – the progress to success of three wonderful young students.