Beyond the Usual, Passive DEI Efforts in Tech

Blog:Lift Others Up, Not Down

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Manny Becerra as a child

February 2016

Our society is filled with so much inequity; if Black, Indigenous, Latin, and other people of color are constantly getting pulled-down, not elevated, by their communities, it makes it nearly impossible to achieve ones' dreams and live full, thriving lives.

Even if a day is not tough, your genuine support to a teammate, friend, family member, or extended community member can go a long way.

Acknowledging others for their contributions, efforts and existence can have a powerful way of helping them through (already) tough days. Even if a day is not tough, your genuine support to a teammate, friend, family member, or extended community member can go a long way, especially if that teammate, friend, family member or extended community member is constantly being pulled-down even if it's through unconscious bias.

Who knows, one day you may be in need of some community support, so pay it forward: lift others up, not down.

Give yourself permission to fail, learn, be happy [...] And, don't be shy or too proud about reaching out for help.

While uplifting others, don't overlook being kind to yourself too. We're all in this journey of Life together. Give yourself permission to fail, learn, be happy and experience the range of emotions life brings. And, don't be shy or too proud about reaching out for help.

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Manny Becerra as a child

I operate from a place of compassion, possibility and imagination. My work and efforts share a common goal: create a better, sustainable and equitable world by building inclusive communities, products & experiences.