Capturing the Dialogue – LATISM/NSHMBA

I tried a bit of an experiment last night “Live Blogging” the  LATISM/NSHMBA get together on Twitter. The discussion covered a number of topics regarding the Hispanic workforce, education, and other areas.  

I captured tweets from the participants as well as my thoughts (incorporated into the stream as observations). I attempted to incorporate broader themes and perspectives via CoverItLive …. this is my first time using the software so there was some  slips along the way! I’m hoping the captured dialogue and content will serve as a resource for you after the event. 

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A summary of my observations can be found after the jump below.

Interesting to see that discussion is highlighting that Latino “educational pipeline” has many leaks. Obviously since outcomes (degrees conferred) are not reflecting growth of Latinos in the general population. However, I’m still not sure “pipeline” is the appropriate metaphor to use given that Latinos don’t follow the traditional “pipeline” – it’s more like a network or circuit with many inputs/outputs (off-ramps/on ramps).

Latino educational representation increases at higher levels of education pipeline. This has a direct impact on representation of Latinos in organizational leadership

One random idea concerns geographic location. Latinos are expanding beyond traditional geographic areas. One result of the 2010 Census I think will be that Latinos are expanding beyond traditional states (CA., TX, AZ, etc.). There will soon be a Hispanic Serving Institution in Kansas! Who would’ve predicted that just a decade ago!

Regarding discussion of Latinos and community college – where many Latinos begin their higher education path. Presents challenges since many Latinos are 1st generation college students that are unfamiliar with transfer process, prereq’s, and degree requirements. Learning the process is just as important as getting through the pipeline.

Overcoming barriers and stress. A lot of determined and focused people in our discussion. Many have probably overcome many barriers. I wrote in my dissertation about how overcoming workplace challenges (cultural conflict, lack of network, inequality) might create added stress to Latino professionals. Some studies on this as I recall.

Organizations & educational institutions really need a new leadership perspective. One that reflects diversity of workforce AND one that is able to manage workforce regardless of diversity factors (gender, race, ethnicity, disability, etc.)

Some thoughts on leadership (Latino perspective). One of my favorite researchers Adrianna Kezar wrote that leadership models are categorized by fields and disciplines. We need to get away from this type of thinking. And drive more thinking toward seeing leadership as nonhierarchical, process-oriented, and democratic.