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September 15 marks the start of Hispanic and Latin Heritage Month. This month, we are excited to share that we’ve officially launched UNIDOS, a new associate-led Mosaic at Gartner subgroup dedicated to education, partnership and support for Gartner Hispanic and Latin associates and allies around the world. Bruna Pereira, Associate Director, Human Resources, is one of the co-leads of this group. She shared, “As a proud Brazilian and Latin, it is amazing to see our group being launched at such an important moment and being in a company that welcomes everyone, no matter their background.”
Our UNIDOS sub-employee resource group organized various activities to recognize Hispanic and Latin cultures and contributions around the world. Read on to learn more about these activities and discover how you can get involved.
To kick off the month, our associates are invited to attend a coffee chat to discuss Hispanic & Latin Heritage Month and its intersection with Black Culture in America. Next, our associates are hosting a panel discussion about keeping heritage and culture alive after immigrating to a new country. Three of our associates who have lived in multiple countries will share their experiences on how they keep their heritage, including language, traditions, food, and culture after immigrating to other countries and how they have adapted to the new culture.
Following this, our associates are invited to attend a session hosted by Lupi Quinteros-Grady, President & CEO of LAYC (Latin American Youth Center´s). LAYC's mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multicultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youth´s social, academic, and career needs. Quinteros-Grady will provide a general overview of LAYC and share engagement opportunities to offer our associates the opportunity to get involved with the organization.
Finally, our associates are hosting a Fireside Chat to share about what it is like to be a service member in the US Military as Hispanic or Latin, the fastest growing population in active duty. They’ll be discussing their experiences as they relate to ethnic representation, challenges and takeaways as being part of the United States Armed Forces.
Activities like these, both during Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month, and throughout the year serve as a way for our associates to continue to learn from one another and work together to break down barriers and continue to make strides as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. Rita Burkley, Associate Director of Recruiting, shared why it is important to create an inclusive workplace, “As a woman of Hispanic heritage, I am proud to work for an organization that embraces our unique culture and backgrounds, but I'm even more excited that I get to play a critical role in continuing to attract and hire more diverse talent for Gartner. In doing so, we're able to create deeper connections and better support our global clients.”
Are you interested in getting involved? If so, join us for our upcoming Recruiting and Networking Event on September 29 featuring Gene Alvarez, Henrique Teixeira and Rae Elias. The event will feature personal stories about breaking barriers and why representation matters. Sign up for the event here.