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Embracing Your Identity In Athletics With Tennessee’s Mónica Lebrón

Guest Mónica Lebrón, Tennessee
6:53 min watch


Tennessee Deputy AD of Championship Resources Mónica Lebrón sits down with Illinois Associate AD for Illini Way Student-Athlete Development Liz Reyes at the 2023 NACDA Convention for a quick conversation about authentic leadership as an ethnic minority. Lebrón reflects on her upbringing in a Puerto Rican family and explains the ways she’s ingrained her cultural heritage into the fabric of her identity within athletics, crediting her family with instilling confidence in her throughout her career journey.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - Have you felt comfortable showing your Hispanic identity throughout your career journey or have you felt you needed to hold it back?
  • - How do you stay true to your identity in our fast-moving industry? How do you stay rooted through all the different duties you're responsible for?
  • - What's your message for up-and-coming administrators who identify as minorities?
  • - What keeps you centered?