Latinas in Higher Education Conference
Our Journey…Our Legacy ~ Nuestra Trayectoria…Nuestro Legado
The Association for Latino Faculty and Staff, in collaboration with the President’s Office, and Womxn Up! Resource Center are organizing the first Latinas in Higher Education Conference at Bronx Community College. The mission of this historic event is to celebrate and highlight the scholarship, service, and contributions of Latinas faculty and staff. The conference attendance and call for proposals are open to our CUNY colleagues and Bronx community-based organizations.
Mental health and wellness are crucial elements of having a balanced work-home life. As Latinas, it is necessary to promote strategies for mental health and wellness in our communities. These presentations will highlight research and practical strategies on how women can be better informed and supported in this area. Community resources may also be shared.
Higher education institutions need to develop programs and initiatives that support, inspire, and empower Latinas to pursue and thrive in STEM. These presentations will address challenges, barriers, opportunities, and a call to action for an increased effort to prepare Latinas in this growing field.
According to the statistics from the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), Latinas account for less than 2 percent of American lawyers. These presentations will examine the complex histories and struggles of Latinas in the criminal justice system and in law.
Opportunity programs like College Discovery (CD), the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program, as well as support programs like ASAP and College Now are paving the way for disadvantaged minority students who seek a higher education degree. These presentations will highlight how Latinas in these programs are helping the whole student body thrive academically and personally in pursuit of their career dreams.
The National Center for Education Statistics reported in 2018 that in the United States only 1 percent or less of full-time professors and 3 percent of full-time assistant professors in degree-granting postsecondary institutions are Hispanic females. These presentations will examine the barriers and challenges Latina faculty face in higher education in tenure and promotion and ways to address and overcome these obstacles in the present and future.
According to the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau population estimate, there are 60.5 million Hispanics living in the United States. Alarmingly, Latinos make up only less than 2 percent of elected officials nationwide with a misrepresentation of Latinas as reported by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). The presentations will address the importance of preparing Latina candidates to compete for political positions.
The Los Angeles Times (2021) found that long underrepresented in film, TV, visual and performing arts, Latinas are falling further behind. For more than a decade, representation has hardly improved for Latinos, despite being one of the fastest-growing groups in the U.S. These presentations will examine how higher education leaders are able to better prepare, promote, and empower Art programs for the Latina population.
The 2020 State of Latino Entrepreneurship Report released by Stanford Graduate School of Business in collaboration with the Latino Business Action Network reveals that Latino-owned businesses are rapidly on the rise. Latinas represent 40 percent of all Latino business owners and growing. However, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women, specifically Latinas. These presentations will expand on these challenges including discussions of gender wage gaps among others. How can higher education help bridge or close the gap in preparation of future business leaders and entrepreneurs?
Latina trailblazers, political influencers, and young activists are continually reshaping U.S. history for all womxn. The presentations in this track will share the myriad avenues of community organizing efforts and show others the value and ways of how to get involved in activism.