Hispanic Heritage Month Employee Spotlight: Araceli Mercer
National Hispanic Heritage Month is upon us! As a time to recognize, honor, and celebrate the tremendous influence Hispanic Americans have had on our culture and world at large, we’re taking some time to focus in on our Hispanic and Latinx teammates at Titus.
As we wrap up our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re spotlighting one of Titus’ newer teammates, Araceli Mercer! We welcomed her to the Titus team in August of this year and have already seen her make an impact.
What does Hispanic heritage mean to you and how has your heritage shaped who you are today?
Sharing is how I would describe Hispanic heritage. It’s the ability to share experiences, values, perceptions, etc. and have a community that you belong to no matter what. Due to how segregated my hometown is, the place that it felt like my family “belonged” was the Hispanic community, even though we don’t speak Spanish. Our heritage alone was enough to belong. The opportunity to see how many similarities so many different people can have rather than differences, gave me the ability to notice similarities first which has helped me build great relationships. So, to me my heritage has always been a core part of who I am which influenced almost every aspect of my life.
What advice (personal or professional) would you give to others of Hispanic/Latinx heritage?
The best advice I can give to others of Hispanic/Latinx heritage is to embrace their culture. The world is progressing and starting to appreciate the beauty of diversity because so many of us are starting to be ourselves. It’s a beautiful thing and we need to continue to do this to be the change we want to see. We got this!
How do you feel you are breaking barriers in the workplace?
In my previous role, I was the only minority on our supervising team. It felt great to be a voice and advocate for employees that didn’t feel represented in leadership. By continuing to produce exceptional results and have a positive impact on others I can discover opportunities to break down more barriers and influence change.
What are some of the things you love most about your Hispanic heritage? Or what are you most of proud of regarding your Hispanic heritage?
I love how being proud of our heritage can bring us together. I grew up going to Mexican festivals in my community and watching neighbors display their flags on days which celebrate their heritage. Our ability to come together during these moments to celebrate who we are always made me feel so proud to be a part of the Hispanic community.
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