Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Nos Dabamos Fuerza: We Gave Each Other Strength

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Nos Dabamos Fuerza: We Gave Each Other Strength

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I began my journey with the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) when its founding leadership was the Hispanic Caucus of the American Association of Higher Education. I applied and was admitted to its fellows program in 2003 and became the group chair in 2004. While I was working as a Harvard graduate student for Patricia Marin, a former fellow, she encouraged me to apply saying it would be worth it. The larger association eventually disbanded, and the Hispanic Caucus would become its own organization known as AAHHE. During this time, I was given publishing opportunities that helped me solidify a path toward tenure. AAHHE invested in me as a graduate student and well into my professorship. I accepted their invitation to join the board in 2017.

The most important resource gained from my early involvement in this organization was a family of young scholars also in a similar struggle. I met long-time friends, co-authors, mentors and role models. These are not resources you can put a value on in the academy. I took the road of public policy, which meant there would be few women and even fewer Latinos in these spaces. However, because I had a strong sense of belonging with my family of mentors and friends in AAHHE, I was able to pursue my opportunities and needs at Harvard and then at Vanderbilt as an assistant professor with less fear and more confidence. I knew I had a family of academics rooting for me. …

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