Hofstra School of Education doctoral candidate Wellinthon García and Dr. Mónica Byrne-Jiménez, associate professor in Educational and Policy Leadership, have co-authored an article titled “Out of the Sombra: One Afro-Latino Making His Way in Educational Leadership” for the National Forum of Educational Administration & Supervision Journal (2016, Vol. 33 Issue 2/3, p121-143. 23p.).
This article explores the experiences of one Afro-Latino educational leader to help broaden the leadership lens – which has been criticized for ignoring the relationship between racial identity and leadership — for both the educational leadership field and for Latino scholars. Afro-Latinos are racially black and ethnically Latino. Their experiences have been largely missing in literature, despite Afro-Latino leaders’ position to create the conditions for more collaborative communities between African Americans and Latinos. The article uncovers the unique pressures of this Afro-Latino leader, who’s had to navigate his own dual identity and the expectations of more than one racial or ethnic community. The authors’ study advocates for research on the complexity of this duality in educational leadership.
García has been the assistant principal at the Covert Avenue School – a pre-K through 6 school in the Elmont school district – since 2013. Prior to that, he worked in the New York City public schools as a technology/data coordinator and a k-2 teacher. Studying under Dr. Byrne-Jiménez, García is on track to receive his EdD in Educational and Policy Leadership in August 2017.