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ERIC Number: ED455989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 21
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The Chosen Few: Latinas and the New Technologies. JSRI Occasional Paper No. 65. Latino Studies Series.
Ingle, Yolanda Rodriguez
If higher education is serious about attracting and retaining Latinas to the faculty rank and giving them significant roles in the academic arena, more understanding and comprehensive organizational change are needed. When minority individuals are brought in one at a time, they are less likely to integrate effectively into the social structure, more likely to suffer decreased performance, and more likely to leave. Change is carried in cohorts, not in single individuals. However, while balance is necessary to women's equal treatment on the job and any movement toward balance will itself lead to some improvement, a balanced workforce alone will not eliminate all of women's problems on the job. Stereotypical perceptions of their gender attributes relative to the academic role need to change. Numerous universities have tried increasing the numbers of Latino faculty through affirmative action, but although affirmative action has resulted in some minor hiring increases, it has not ensured equity in the review process, resulting in continued inequity in promotion and tenure. Women are given less opportunities for advancement and fewer responsibilities, their performance is evaluated less positively, and they have less influence on group decisions, resulting in their underrepresentation in top positions. In many ways, the organizational climate sets women up to fail. The challenge is to effect a change in the mindset of administrators and faculties of higher educational systems. (Contains 72 references.) (TD)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Julian Samora Research Inst.