In honor of National Diversity week, we would like to highlight Tatiana Rivera, a senior consultant on our absence team. Tatiana is passionate about giving back to the Latine community and as a tribute to her work, was featured as one of Hispanic Executive’s 30 under 30 this year. Here, Tatiana describes what sparked her community involvement.
It’s been a journey back to my “Latinidad.” (Latina + identidad, which is the Spanish word for identity.)
I didn’t always embrace my Latinidad. Though I knew I didn’t look white and that my last name “gave me away,” I embraced assimilation. I wanted to prove I could accomplish anything, despite my culture and ethnicity.
I understood the subliminal messaging around me: being Latina was not something to be proud of. I thought I had to prove I wasn’t like “other Latinx.”
In 2017, I was lucky to find a mentor, a proud Afro-Latina, in my prior organization who guided me back to my Latinidad. She recruited me to join the company’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion efforts and advocated for me to receive leadership development exposure. She helped me realize I could and SHOULD embrace my culture because it matters.
Mentorship and representative leadership matter, too. Today, I mentor a young Latina with Denver Kids, and volunteer with Streetwise Partners helping first-generation college students with resumes and interview prep.
What gets me out of bed is knowing that I live with a purpose: to inspire and empower the Latinx community. And while I still strive to prove I can accomplish anything, it’s not despite my culture or heritage; it’s because of it.
We thank Tatiana for sharing her story and congratulate her on this achievement. You can read her article in Hispanic Executive here.