The impact of Latino entrepreneur ship can be found in the most unique places. Take Ottumwa, Iowa for instance. Located in southeastern Iowa, the town is home to about 25,000 residents. Like many Midwest towns, it has experienced a population decrease over the last few decades. As a result, Ottumwa has its share of vacant 1960s-era Main Street buildings.
While this town has seen a decrease in its overall population, Latino residents are on the rise. Along with this increase, there’s been a revitalization along Main Street. Many of the vacant buildings are now home to new businesses started by Latino entrepreneurs. Latino entrepreneurship in these areas is a national trend. Much of the credit can be given to people like Himar Hernandez, who works with small Latino businesses in the area. Watch the video below and see how Latino small businesses are breathing new life into old towns.
It doesn’t matter to me – so I fall in the norm I guess. I use both terms interchangeably. A new study by NPR shows Latinos or (Hispanics!) are split.
NPR surveyed almost 1,500 randomly selected people to ask whether they would choose to describe themselves as Hispanic or Latino. We found a very slight preference for Hispanic, but not a terribly significant one.
The Latino talent “pipeline” begins with education.
And as more Latinos enter colleges and universities, many in higher education still aren’t ready to manage the growth of Latinos on their campuses, including how to graduate them in higher numbers.
The Chronicle examines Latino demographic shifts and warns schools to pay attention:
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, The Chronicle examined by state and county the population from age 18, or zero years from traditional college age, down to age 4, or 14 years away. Younger age groups are strikingly smaller in New England, as in Rockingham County, N.H., where 18-year-olds number almost 4,500 and 4-year-olds just 2,600, a difference of more than 40 percent. With fewer young white children in almost every state, many counties’ younger age groups would be vastly smaller if not for much larger numbers of Hispanic children.
It’s hard to imagine other Supreme Court justices being as open about their lives as Sonia Sotomayor. In this interview via NPR, Justice Sotomayor discusses how her alcoholic father drank himself to death. She mentions how a close cousin ended up committing suicide as a result of years of drugs. Sotomayor discusses how she grew up poor, being raised by a single mother, and how through persistence and hard work, she ultimately became the first Latina to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Frankly, this upbringing is commonplace amongst our community. It’s unfortunate. While many might use this as an excuse, she used her experiences as a motivation to rise above the circumstances of her life.
Today I came across the work of Vikki Katz (Ph.D., University of Southern California) an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department of the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Her research in the area of communication challenges faced by Latino immigrant families is fascinating. In the video below, Dr. Katz discusses how children of Latino immigrants access the Internet as well as digital media.
A lot of her research also focuses on the concept of “brokering” which describes the process of how Latino children often have to facilitate the communication process for their parents – not as translators but as doers. I can certainly relate to this concept. Enjoy.
Michael Staton writes that the value of a college degree (the actual diploma) will lose much of its value in the coming years. Due to the onset of technology, certifications, and online learning, he sees an unbundling of higher education.
The value of paper degrees will inevitably decline when employers or other evaluators avail themselves of more efficient and holistic ways for applicants to demonstrate aptitude and skill. Evaluative information like work samples, personal representations, peer and manager reviews, shared content, and scores and badges are creating new signals of aptitude and different types of credentials.
For my experience as a nontraditional student, recruitment manager, and an instructor, I can appreciate his point. As a college student, I arrived to the classroom with almost seven years of work experience. While I didn’t have any certifications or badges, I did arrive with many of the competencies usually developed over four years of college. My academic credentials were spotty at that point, but my ability to understand real world concepts was far beyond that of my peers who had just entered college. Once I graduated with my four year degree, I was at a decided advantage when it came to soft skills — work ethic, office politics, and time management. One of the best compliments I received was from a manager at my first “real job” who thought I had been with the organization for many years. He was shocked when he learned I was there only a few months.
I see the same situation and many of the same types of students in my classrooms, particularly those in the military. Given their experiences and backgrounds, military students are able to grasp leadership concepts much faster than those that have minimal work experience.
I’ve often been asked whether race or ethnicity plays a role in the recruitment of Latino talent.In most cases I would suggest that it doesn’t hurt to have Latinos in front of potential Latino talent. From an organization standpoint, placing Latino representatives in front of potential customers makes perfect sense.This goes a long way in helping to build trust in the Latino community.However, when placing Latinos at the forefront is not possible, what is the next best thing?This recent study by Harris Interactive suggests that people who are able to build relationships, understand culture, and engage with Latino communities are as effective in building trust.According to the study:
When asked if it was important that their advisor understand their culture, only about one-third (31 percent of Hispanics and 36 percent of African Americans) said it was.
The complexity of Latino identity is examined in the documentary, Negro— A Docu-Series about Latino Identity. The film explores the African and Latino history in the United States, specifically Afro-Latinos from the Caribbean region. Identity, race, history and latinidad are discussed from a number viewpoints. Ryan Hamilton discusses his perspective below – all videos can be found here.
The Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility (HACR) shared results of its 2013 Corporate Governance Study, and the report were dismal. Latino representation on Fortune 500 boards was 3 percent – Latinas 1percent – with only 10 Latinos holding CEO positions.
Additional details can be found here – but be forewarned, it’s bloody.
Big kudos to HACR for trying to alter these results. The organization’s challenge is astounding. The goal to increase Latino representation from zero to one reveals the true depth of the inequity. Below is a video of their latest efforts to help turn the tide.
Yet another look at the federal workforce, which has been covered quite a bit over the years on MAC.com. In this installation, The Atlantic presents thoughts on the satisfaction rates of federal employees and why it’s hard to work for the government. The news is not good as these numbers have been decreasing recently. As for Latinos, whom comprise about 8% of federal workers, their overall satisfaction hovers around 61%, a bit higher than the average. The full report by the Partnership for Public Service can be found here.