National Hispanic Heritage Month is every year from September 15th - October 15th, and Recruitics was proud to recognize and honor the observance. Read on to look back on how we celebrated.
Every member of the Recruitics team is important, which is why the team is constantly working to ensure there’s an inclusive environment. As the team continues to work towards fostering a community where everyone feels they belong, education and celebration need to take place.
Working with diverse teammates requires consideration and feedback from every team member. This is why Recruitics conducted a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) survey to reevaluate what progress has been made and what work needs to be done.
Ahead of the celebrations, the Recruitics team convened a focus group of interested persons to help determine ways the team could ensure they honored this month as inclusively as possible. The events outlined below came straight from work done by that incredible group. Big thanks to this group for their time, teamwork, and contributions!
Activities & Events
To start, during a Recruitics All Hands meeting on September 15th, 2022, the Recruitics Leadership Sponsor, Olivia Yongue, kicked off the celebrations with an announcement in the company-wide meeting and on Slack. The message included a link to an overview of the activities and plans for the month, as discussed below.
Tamale Traditions And Recipes
“No matter how they are made, or what they are filled with, tamales symbolize more than just a meal to Latino families…that’s because of all the time and work it takes to make them. In a tamalada, each family member takes on a different task to prepare the tamales and the older generations share their skills and tradition with the younger generation.”
This quote from Bashas’ showcases how tamales are art, hard work, and provide family bonding. They can bring generations together and make any event more meaningful.
Another beautiful way to bring people together is by sharing recipes. Ryan Christoi, Mona Tawakali, and Adam Stafford visited Mustard's Grill in Napa Valley, CA on September 21st and received a delicious recipe of Sweet Corn Tamales (recipe compliments of Chef Cindy Pawlcyn).
Supporting Local Businesses
As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, each office offered a lunch one day this month, sourced by a local Hispanic or Latino-owned restaurant. The Recruitics headquarters had a lunch catered by Los Tacos No. 1 to celebrate the Q4 kickoff. Also, the Lafayette office sponsored an event last week by supplying catering from Rising Loafer. The owner, Maria, grew up in the Peruvian Andes and creates dishes that "have been inspired by the smells and tastes of her past."
Being intentional about inclusion and celebration all year round is an important step to ensure that no diverse groups are excluded. There are so many exciting events happening in communities across the United States in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and the Recruitics team shared a list of events for teammates to partake in:
- Virtual: Understanding Sylvia Rivera
- California: Visit the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture: SoCal/Riverside
- Connecticut: Annual Latin Music Festival
- New York Public Library: Hispanic Heritage Month events, which include activities for children of all ages – such as bilingual storytimes, a teen book club, arts and crafts nights, and more
- Washington, DC: National Museum of the American Latino: A Latino History of the United States
Recruitics sponsored an event at Saint Mary’s College around Cultural Identification with students from the Hispanic Student Association. In addition, they will donate their time by facilitating a “Career Night” for Hispanic students.
Resources Recruitics Enjoyed
There are learning opportunities everywhere, and Recruitics is dedicated to supporting an inclusive environment by building an understanding of historical and cultural differences. Building a platform for each employee to access information, training, and resources allows the team to support one another and create actionable practices all year round.
By building out Recruitics’ DEIB strategy, the team can educate and celebrate diversity holidays and take steps in the right direction to build a more inclusive workplace.
Thanks again to the Recruitics DEIB focus group, the EPIC team, and those who helped celebrate Hispanic culture and achievement.