Latinx Realities in the Future of Higher Education and the Workplace

“Hispanic” Heritage Month started out as Hispanic Heritage week with legislation signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Twenty years later, on August 17, 1988, President Ronald Reagan authorized PL-100-402, establishing the month-long celebration—September 15-October 15. The intent is to recognize and celebrate the contributions of persons of Latinx-heritage in the U.S.

Though the terms Hispanic and Latina/o are still used, in contemporary discourse, Latinx is the recommended term because it is a gender-neutral term conveying inclusivity. Latinx also affirms the socio-cultural and political awareness of the youth and young adults who represent the future of higher education and the workforce. A few facts highlight these Latinx realities.

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PRIDE Month from an Historical to a Contemporary Evolution

The recognition of PRIDE month may seem like a fact of everyday life in U.S. society. However, most will know that this was not always the case. With this posting, we would like to highlight a few important historical leaders and events that have led to the strength of the LGBTQ+ movement and a more open recognition of gay and lesbian employees, students, and community leaders.

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Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month: Multiple Contributions across Multiple Sectors

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, thus, it is very appropriate to celebrate the many contributions of immigrants to the country’s prosperity. Throughout this month, immigrant stories or narratives have been posted on #imanimmigrant, Facebook, and other social media outlets. These are inspiring accounts of women and men from different countries establishing themselves as entrepreneurs, service and agricultural workers, and college graduates with professional positions in different industries.

In this newsletter, we provide a few noteworthy facts about immigrants, both authorized and unauthorized, as well as trends about future immigrant growth.

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Recognizing Mental Health Stressors in the Workplace

Have you had the following thoughts or shared these sentiments with friends and family?

  • My job is extremely stressful.
  • The yelling in the workplace causes me stress.
  • Work gives me headaches.
  • I don’t think my supervisor has any idea about how demanding s/he can be.

Job or workplace stress is regularly used to describe how one feels at the end of the day.  Though many of us do not punch time clocks any more, we may still feel the pressure of more complicated assignments, the challenge of working on teams, or what we consider excessive demands that may keep us at work beyond the typical workday.

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Women as a Powerful Economic Force

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission (Eleanor Roosevelt), continues to be a statement to women about our personal empowerment and self-efficacy. In March 2017 Women’s History Month also included the International Day of the Woman, reminding us of the global solidarity among women across the world and from all walks of life.

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Accelerating Cultural Knowledge—an everyday opportunity

Knowledge-building is both intentional and serendipitous. I have often stated that perspective-taking is one facet of leadership because it allows a leader to appreciate others’ realities, going beyond one’s preferred ethnocentric script. With the range of interpersonal encounters we have on a daily basis, we all need mental processing tools to make sense of what we are seeing or hearing. Cultural psychologists have often noted that self-awareness and critical consciousness are two such skills that strengthen a leader’s relational abilities, knowledge-building, and of course, abilities to lead responsibly.

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