Beyond Working in Silos

I love Google Reader. I spend about an hour a day using it to keep up-to-date on Hispanic workforce and college-related information. It’s an invaluable resource for me. Every couple days I sort my feeds by “Starred” items – articles and information I find particularly interesting. Last night as I reviewed my starred feeds one thing became obviously clear.

Companies, colleges, and other organizations are working vigorously to increase the number of Latino employees, students, and leaders. Over the last week, I’ve read many accounts of what institutions are doing to make this happen. It’s great to see the efforts being put forth. However, I see one problem.

Each of them is functioning alone. It’s rare that I read that a college is partnering with a corporation or a non-profit is working with another institution. It seems everybody is working – but not many are collaborating. A landscape of silos.

The problem with silos is that there’s not a principal view of the overall and fundamental goal. Consequently, barriers are not accurately identified, issues become unmanageable, or core issues are unrecognizable. 

Bridging these silos requires collaboration, dexterity, facility, and relationship building. I realize this is challenging and easier said than done. To increase the representation of Latinos at all levels of the workforce, we must collaborate. It will require companies, higher education, and non-profits to coordinate and communicate around this central goal.

It’s well worth the effort.