Inside Applied | Read Time: 2 Minutes

Applied Celebrates Hispanic Cultural Month

October 7, 2021

By: Oliva Botello

This year, Applied is excited to make Hispanic Heritage Month a global celebration for our employees with the help of our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Council. We are challenging what’s possible by continuing to create an empowering people-centric culture.

What Is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Every year from September 15 through October 15, the United States recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the culture of Hispanic Americans and their business and science contributions and achievements. The celebration kicks off the week of September 15 to commemorate the anniversaries of national independence for seven of the Latin countries celebrated during this month. A total of 20 countries are celebrated, each with its own unique culture, traditions and music.

How Applied Is Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Here at Applied, each week will focus on a different theme surrounding Hispanic culture to educate employees and celebrate our fellow Hispanic teammates. The themes we’ll be highlighting during the month include: music, food, traditions and traveling around Hispanic countries. Employees are encouraged to share photos, music and literature that aligns with each week’s theme through our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Slack Channel. Our Marketing team has created an Applied Zoom background, which highlights Hispanic Heritage Month and all employees have been encouraged to use it. One of our teammates will also host a DJ event via Zoom for all employees to tune in and tap their toes to Hispanic music while working from the comfort of their home offices.

Our goal with celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is simple. Celebrate, educate and belong. Each of our communities of interests (Black at Applied, Veterans at Applied, Team LGBTQIA, and Women in Technology) will support this initiative by posting stories and information about Hispanic figures and culture that relate to their communities.

Commitment to Our Communities

We are partnering with Los Primos, a Dallas-based non-profit that matches work professionals with Hispanic high school students, to help guide college, career and life choices through teaching a growth mindset and commitment to serve. We will donate to the Los Primos high school scholarship fund, and encourage Applied employees to join the 100% remote mentorship opportunity.

I have grown up with two beautiful cultures that I am proud to share with my fellow teammates. As a first-generation Mexican American and the first college graduate in my family, I am thankful for Applied’s commitment to its employees and their communities.

Oliva Botello

Oliva Botello joined EZLynx, an Applied Systems Inc. company, as a Human Resources Generalist in 2019 and moved onto the Talent Acquisition Team as a Recruiter in 2021. She is also an EZLynx Co-Chair to the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Council at Applied Systems. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to national parks, bouldering and cycling. Oliva graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Human Resources and Gender Studies.