Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Introducing Something Spanglish, a New Series: Nydia Gutierrez “Latinos and Community with a Texas Twist”

Something Spanglish is a new, biweekly blogging series penned by our very own Latinovations team. We aim to tap our experiences to bring insight and observations from our eyes to our readers and community. Exploring an array of topics – from Latinos and the environment to immigration to identity – Something Spanglish will opine issues, events and stories that are important to us. Latinovations Associate Nydia Gutierrez and Resident Tejana kicks off the series below.

nydiaTo kick off the Associate Blog Series, I would like to introduce myself as one of the latest additions to the spectacular Latinovations Team.  Prior to joining the DSG Latinovations familia, I served as the Communications Manager at Mobile Future where my emphasis was and continues to be mobile technology. I hail from the great state of Texas, proudly come from a strong immigrant family and share what my fellow Latinos share, a solid sense of community.

Community is a truly unifying element of our culture that is strongly emphasized and deeply ingrained in us all.  Our community has an undeniable tradition of hard work, cooperation and lending a helping hand to those who need one.  Today, for the first time, there are four Latinos in the President’s Cabinet and 29 Latino members serving in the 114th United States Congress.  The unprecedented number of Latinos leaders in our government is undoubtedly an important step towards greater representation of our diverse community.

San Antonio’s own Castro brothers are a great example of rising leaders in our community. Their grandmother immigrated to America from Mexico and went on to become a U.S. citizen. With the support of their family, the Castro brothers both graduated from Harvard Law School and are now paying it forward in the form of public service. Congressman Joaquin Castro is entering his third year serving in Congress and recently President Obama appointed former San Antonio Mayor, Julian Castro to serve as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Spurs at WH 01 2015Reflecting this spirit of community and strong leadership are the 2014 NBA Champions, the San Antonio Spurs. Known as a diverse, collaborative team, the Spurs were recently honored by President Obama at the White House to celebrate their 2014 NBA Championship. “If you make an effort, work hard and learn to give up some things towards others, it can happen,” says Manu Ginóbili, Spurs shooting guard on achieving the NBA Championship and success throughout his career. With an NBA-record of 10 international players hailing from Argentina (Manu Ginóbili), Brazil (Tiago Splitter) and France (Tony Parker) to name a few, President Obama dubbed them, “the U.N. of basketball teams.”

The future holds great promise for communities across our nation, with a bit of collaboration and hard work we can also serve as strong leaders and champions.

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