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Paciencia Perdida Book Cover Edited and translated by Dr. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, Paciencia Perdida is an anthology of short stories from some of Perú’s most renowned contemporary authors. In the words of Alejandro Neyra, Perú’s former Minister of Culture, “Paciencia Perdida does not make you lose your patience at all. Entering this kaleidoscope of contemporary Peruvian literature is an adventure and a risk. Lose yourself into this labrynth and I am sure you will continue exploring our country’s new voices. Like most Peruvians you will simultaneously enjoy and suffer as you start to identify with authentic experiences from Perú.” Dr. Saxton-Ruiz is a Professor of Latin American Culture and Literature in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) and an active member of UIW’s Lewis Center faculty network. 

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Factors Associated with Financial Ratios and Financial Well-Being of Hispanic Households: A Comparison With White Households Cover PageUsing data from the 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) and the Family Life Cycle (FLC) and Human Capital Theory (HCT) as a framework, this study examined if factors related to the likelihood of financial ratio adequacy and financial well-being differ for Hispanic and non-Hispanic White households. Hispanics’ comprehensive financial well-being was assessed with three ratios: Liquidity, solvency, and investments/assets. Results of logistic regressions with 612 Hispanic and 4,481 non-Hispanic headed households show that FLC and HCT factors are associated with financial ratios differently between two race/ethnicity groups. For Hispanic households, age is positively related to adequate investment/assets ratio and financial well-being; education is positively related to adequate investment/assets but negatively related to adequate solvency. Implications for practitioners working with Hispanics are discussed.

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The Migrant Phenomenon book coverThe University of the Incarnate Word is pleased to support the production of The Migrant Phenomenon in Guanajuato: Diagnosis and Public Policy Proposals by sponsoring the printing and distribution of the study’s English language version. We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the State of Guanajuato, the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS-México), and we thank them for their dedication, expertise and commitment to the discovery of truth.

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Publication ZazilDr. Zazil Reyes, Associate Professor and the Director of Communication Arts ABM Programs recently published an article based on the two contemporary shows namely Jane the Virgin (JTV) and One Day at a Time (ODAAT) that have disrupted a traditional media landscape that has largely overlooked Latina/o/x immigrants. Both shows reflect the burgeoning Latina/o/x viewership and embody the changing nature of the available representations by centering Latina/o/x immigrants, including those who are undocumented. This chapter examines the immigration narratives represented in these shows. We argue that JTV and ODAAT aim to normalize Latina/o/x families as American families without erasing their Latinidad. More concretely, we examine how JTV and ODAAT address three main themes: (1) Different pathways to residency/citizenship, (2) the experience of being undocumented, and (3) political consciousness and activism in relation to immigration. Through these themes JTV and ODAAT expand beyond the problematic dominant discourse of Latinx migrants.

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Human Resources article

Dr. Teresa Harrison, Associate Professor of Management and coordinator of the Management department in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration (HEBSBA), recently published an article in Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Vol. 39), a publication promoting the theory and research on the field of human resources management. This publication is considered by some as one of the best assets for human resources management research.

“The immigrant journey into the workplace often means a tremendous loss in status (legally or perceived), which can lead to negative reactions in the workplace,” said Harrison. “Immigrants many times give up very distinctive markers that they had in their home countries (advanced education/degrees, status of their family names, etc.), which may not be valued in the destination country. By studying immigrant experiences in the destination countries and workplaces, we can better understand how they navigate various cultures and reconcile those cultures with their own identity, as well as how they encounter pathways or roadblocks to their workplace and, by extension, their livelihood. This ultimately enables us to understand how to better facilitate a positive transition into the workplace and to promote diversity and inclusion in organizations.”

Harrison’s article, "HRM Challenges for Immigrant Employees: Status-Laden Transitions Across Cultures and Workplace Social Environments," is co-authored by Dr. David A. Harrison and Dr. Margaret A. Shaffer. David Harrison is the University of Texas at Austin’s Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Regents Chair of Business Administration, Department of Management, and Shaffer hails from the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business Management and International Business. Their research focused on the status categories assigned to immigrants after they reach their destination.

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healthcare management standards book coverDr. David George Vequist IV, Professor of Management in the H-E-B School of Business & Administration and the Founder/Director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research has recently published a study attempted to measure the impact of a lack of standard continuity on the healthcare outcomes by comparing self-reported perceptions of health among a large population of people that traveled across borders. These travelers, without a discernible continuum of care, were surveyed before and after travel. A statistical analysis of self-reported perception data about general health before and after cross-border travel shows a significant decrease in overall health after cross-border travel. Despite some limitations, a moderate amount of the decline can be attributed to the breakdown of the continuum of care between providers on both sides of the border. The development of standards for cross-border healthcare could potentially improve the healthcare received by migrants and medical travelers.

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international accreditationDr. David George Vequist IV, Professor of Management in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the Founder/Director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research has recently published a study on international hospital accreditation and its impact on clinical standards and bed occupancy rates. It was expected, prior to the study, that participating in international accreditation might increase operational expenses and greater amounts of international patients would also boost patient volumes and profitability. However, this research found that the investment in accreditation led to insignificant changes (pre-accreditation versus post-accreditation) in operating profit margins (OPM), net profit margins (NPM), and the debt-to-equity (D/E) ratio. This suggests that international hospital accreditation has little impact on the financial aspects of the hospital’s operations. It appears to be more of a signaling strategy than a recipe for growth. However, there may be some other tangible benefits of international accreditation (e.g., better medical/clinical outcomes).

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