Today, 60.6 million* people–or 18.5 percent*–of the American population have origins that are Hispanic, a term that refers to people who identify as Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or Latin American.
That makes the Hispanic population our nation’s largest and fastest-growing community, underscoring the growing importance of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanic Heritage Month is usually a time for celebrations, parades, festivals, and live performances of Hispanic and Latinx culture. This year, however, many traditional events have been postponed due to the pandemic.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of virtual experiences on offer to honor the history, culture, and influence of the generations of Hispanic Americans who have enriched our nation and society.
At New York Life, we believe appreciating cultural uniqueness makes workplaces throughout America stronger. Hispanic Heritage Month is a vital component of our commitment to educate our colleagues about the richness of Latinx cultures and foster an environment where Latinx employees are invited to celebrate their identities.
We are enriched by the work of our Latinos for Excellence, Advancement & Development (LEAD) Employee Resource Group, which supports, motivates, and empowers Latinx and Hispanic employees at all levels within New York Life, providing resources, leadership opportunities, and avenues for professional development.
“Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to not only celebrate the diverse cultures that make up the Hispanic and Latinx community, but also a time for reflection,” says Angie Grullon, Corporate Vice President at New York Life and co-chair of LEAD. “We’re thrilled to come together virtually this year, as we host a series of events to recognize the heritage and contributions of the Latinx community.”
Our virtual events program went live before the official start of Hispanic Heritage Month. In the build-up to this year’s event, we hosted a virtual Cafécito on September 10 with Congressman Juan Vargas, who shared first-hand insights into the key Latino issues facing Congress.
Further internal events over the coming weeks will continue to celebrate and support the cultural and political impact of Latinos in the United States. Events include our Adelante! Professional Development series with a session on Imposter Syndrome, Latino Music History & Heritage Happy Hours, Muévelo! Cultural Dance Sessions, Voter Engagement Webinars, and more.
Visit the official Hispanic Heritage Month site to learn more about one of the fastest growing groups of Americans, and to appreciate their many contributions to our nation.
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