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ERIC Number: ED547364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 156
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-4478-3
Cultivating Strategies for Success: How Mid-Level Women Leaders of Color in Student Affairs Navigate the Balance of Work and Family
Vasquez, Sandra
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Historically, women's struggle with work-life balance has been founded upon societal expectations. Most notably is the dearth in the representation of women and women of color in top leadership positions. As a result, the internal and external challenges they navigate lead them to seek and cultivate alternative strategies and support networks to succeed at work and home. The purpose of this study was to explore the challenges, support systems, and strategies utilized by mid-level women leaders of color in student affairs to balance work and life. A qualitative method of study, triangulated by the use of interviews, artifact analysis, observations, and was utilized to explore a case study consisting of three female participants with family who were married or lived with a partner for a minimum of five years, worked in a mid-level student affairs leadership role for a minimum three to five years, and lived in southern California. Furthermore, unique to this study is that the participants identified as Latina, African American, and Asian American. Mid-level student affairs leaders of color in this study experienced challenges associated with the push and pull between the internal and external societal and cultural expectations to be successful at work and home, the struggle with lack of time to do it all, budget cuts, being understaffed, choosing between family and a career, and a lack of a support network along their pathway towards advancement. Rooted in their upbringing, their success begins and ends with their family and is sustained by their utilization of a "village of support" to navigate challenges they experience. Furthermore, while remaining true to their identity was critical to their success, they espoused strategies including multitasking, strong organization skills, and strategic use of time to succeed in both spheres. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California