Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Tema Okun

Second Advisor

Mark Larson

Third Advisor

Harrington Gibson


This program evaluation focuses on the impact of Latina identity on school leadership. I offer voice to a silenced and minimally recognized group by including my story and the story of other Latina leaders. Through this ethnographic and case study approach, I explore the central question: “How does race and gender of Latinas influence their leadership style?” Being female and Latina, I seek to understand how the pressures of conforming to traditional White male leadership style impacts Latinas’ ability to lead with authenticity. This research suggests that in order for Latinas to practice authenticity, we must create an environment in which we embrace and use Latinas’ strengths and experiences. The research on emotional intelligence broadens the perspective on leadership styles which challenges the notion that we must conform to one style. I combine emotional intelligence research with research on Latina strengths and offer recommendations on how organizations can support Latinas and leverage our strengths to add to an organization’s value rather than find ways for Latinas to assimilate.