Implications and Recommendations
A few recommendations for practice include: (1) To reinforce Latinas’ empowerment in college, it is important that university departments highlight and promote outstanding Latina women leaders’ contributions, not only in leadership programs (Suarez, 2015) but also in workshops and institutional training addressing leadership in college and beyond. (2) To instill in students the importance of acquiring soft skills in college, such as teamwork, leadership, and conflict resolution, STEM faculty should include at least one concept in the form of a class activity in the courses. (3) To develop Latinas’ leadership as students and professionals, STEM programs should encourage Latinas to participate in student organizations, especially the organizations related to their college major. Latinas’ participation in this type of organization may help develop both leadership attitudes and networking skills.
The gap in the existing leadership literature and the experiences of the participants in this study lend themselves to several recommendations for further studies:
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