Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Education (Ed.D.)


Administrative and Instructional Leadership

First Advisor

Katherine Aquino

Second Advisor

Catherine DiMartino

Third Advisor

Stephen Kotok


This qualitative narrative study delved into the experiences and journeys of Dominican women ascending to administrative leadership positions within U.S. higher education institutions. The main purpose was to explore the challenges and successes encountered by these women, addressing the identified issue of their underrepresentation in such roles. Participants, comprising 13 Dominican women, held positions ranging from Directors and Faculty/Professors to Vice Presidents, Chiefs of Staff, and Presidents. Their ages spanned from 45 to 75, representing a diverse range of experiences and perspectives. The research methodology embraced a qualitative approach with a narrative design, aligning with the study's theoretical framework rooted in Critical Race Theory aligned with (LatCrit). Data was gathered through semi-structured interviews and participant journaling, drawing on the narrative inquiry model proposed by Connelly and Clandinin (1990). This approach allowed for a nuanced exploration of the personal and professional trajectories of these women in their leadership roles. The study's significance lies in its diversity and representation within higher education leadership, specifically for Dominican women. Their narrative sheds light on systemic barriers and provided insights. The study calls for institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion, emphasizing the need for policies and practices that foster equitable opportunities for leadership across higher education for specifically Dominican women.