Jul 28th, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Preparing Hospitality Students to Lead a Diverse Workforce


Hospitality graduates must be prepared to lead a diverse employee population. This study helps students gain the perspective of non-English speakers. It identifies barriers that occur in a multicultural environment and provides tools to communicate despite language hurdles. This qualitative study found that a combination of gestures and demonstration were the most valuable non-verbal forms of communication. Participants could empathize with non-English speakers even though they believed immigrants should learn enough of the language to be effective. The participants thought that it was difficult to stress the exact details when leading non-English speakers, particularly in the area of food safety.