This summary is provided by the IPR Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI)

Dr. Rosalynn Vasquez and Dr. Marlene Neill examined how crucible (transformative) experiences impact the leadership development of immigrant and first-generation Latinas in public relations, and how their experiences differ from non-immigrant Latinas.

24 in-depth qualitative interviews were conducted from June – September 2021.

Key findings include:
1.) The study identified 13 crucible experiences, categorized into “new territory,” “reversal,” and “suspension.”
— In the “new territory” crucible, interviewees identified challenges in having to advocate for themselves, being in a pioneering role in school and work, adjusting to different language expectations, and becoming entrepreneurs.
— In the “reversal” crucible interviewees described several hardships related to discrimination, personal health, caregiving, and family loss, especially in toxic work environments.
— In the “suspension” crucible, interviewees established key moments to reflect upon their situations, create their personal mission and purpose, and mentor the next generation. Interviewees also described their struggle with being bilingual and bicultural communicators.
2.) Crucible experiences led to self-confidence, empowerment, resilience, and a commitment to mentoring.
— These traits emerged from the interviewees advocating for themselves.
3.) Nonimmigrant Latinas described feeling pressure to be bilingual and felt frustrated when it was assumed they spoke Spanish for projects.
— Nonimmigrant Latinas described feeling less culturally isolated or “othered” than immigrant or first-generation Latinas.

Read the full report here

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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