Today’s guest is Christina Roybal. Roybal is the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sports Administration and Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Northern Iowa. As a first generation, Latina college graduate, Roybal shares experiences about overcoming family criticism about her career choice to now being a role model for the younger generation in her family. Family, as a wife and mother, has not always been readily acceptable by her superiors. In some of her professional roles, Roybal has had to strategically balance how to talk about and introduce her family to her colleagues while preserving their confidence that she will have the time and focus to do her job.
Roybal also shares her struggles with dealing with Latino stereotypes, female stereotypes, racial slurs, and being offered positions no one wants. Early in her career, Roybal found herself concerned about saying “no” to requests and projects because she feared that would hinder her ability to advance as a woman. Hear Christina Roybal's story.
Produced by the Institute For Sport & Social Justice (ISSJ).
Hosted by Mat Edelson, journalist and producer appearing on NPR, ABC, ESPN, and in Houghton-Mifflin’s annual series, “The Best American Sports Writing.”
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