Technology has allowed us to come together as a community and support each other. Fortunately, there are empowered and educated Latinas with experience and wisdom in the digital universe. These warriors are willing to mentor and share their knowledge with the next generation.
I know we repeat it a lot, but I want to remind you that you are not alone — whatever industry you choose, there will always be a professional ready to guide you along the way. Even if they are hard to find, there will always be a mentor to help you blaze a trail.
Take the example of Latinas with Masters, an Instagram account that caught our attention precisely because it offers this type of guidance.
According to their website, the mission of Latinas with Masters is to “inspire, empower and educate our community and future generation leaders with equitable pathways, academic advancement, and professional growth in a safe, positive and supportive environment.” Their core values are to be “a champion of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the spaces we live, work and learn” while embracing and preserving our culture.
In short, Latinas with Masters goes beyond earning a degree; it is a community.
Behind this initiative is Christina V. Rodriguez, who also hosts the podcast. They address topics such as transitioning from hospitality to education or investing in ourselves as Latinx graduates.
Rodriguez graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Latino Studies from San Francisco State University. She went on to earn an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing from Notre Dame de Namur University, and her track record is inspiring.
However, Latinas with Masters is more than a podcast. Rodriguez offers conversation opportunities with like-minded Latinas through the Facebook group Latinas with Masters for additional support and a sense of community. Similarly, the group offers graduate advising services, including personal statements and curriculum guidance for applying for graduate fellowships.
Latinas with Masters also provides other helpful resources such as the FAFSA application checklist and links to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Rodriguez is quickly becoming one of the friendly faces of guidance for scholars worldwide, sharing her advice and connecting with her audience through social media. We love an empowered Latina!