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Dominicans say “like “Cógelo con take it easy” instead of saying “Don’t worry.”, and I think that’s beautiful. As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (HMM), I find myself reflecting upon my own experience embracing the multiple ways I can identify and celebrate my heritage in the U.S., being Dominican, Hispanic, Latino, Latinx, Afro-Latino, Black, and multiracial.
As an Afro-Latino born in the Dominican Republic, I feel a strong connection to both my Spanish and African heritage. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic until I was ten years old. My family immigrated to the United States in the late 80s, where I was raised in the small immigrant town of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Much time has been spent debating the most recent workplace trends, such as work from home, work-life balance, quiet quitting, and who can forget of diversity, equity, and inclusion. But have you ever heard of work surveillance?
I was rejected by a mentor once. I was stuck in my career and desperately looking for guidance. During my one-on-one with my director (someone whom I highly respected and still do), I asked if he would consider mentoring me. I remember saying