Hector Mujica on “displaying grace to these within the margins” and his social affect work at Google

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating the fascinating tales and essential contributions of our Hispanic Googlers—their histories, their households, and what retains them busy inside and outdoors of labor. 

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Any Venezuelan soccer followers on the market? Here I’m displaying some love for “Vino Tinto.”

Next up is Hector Mujica, social justice champion, fanatic of the outside, and self-proclaimed acronym inventor (SPAI).

Give us the 10-second, one-sentence model of what you do at Google.

I work on Google.org, Google’s philanthropy workforce, the place I handle our packages throughout Latin America, and assist our catastrophe aid giving and volunteering work globally.

When did you (or generations earlier than you) immigrate to the U.S.?

My household immigrated to the U.S. from Venezuela once I was a younger little one, after my dad landed a job at Oracle in Miami. Of all of the locations to begin in America, South Florida have to be among the best—with the wealthy cultural range and ample Latin meals, it made the transition clean, and saved me near my Hispanic heritage.

How are you concerned within the Hispanic neighborhood at Google, and why is it essential to you?

I labored carefully on the founding of HOLA, our Hispanic worker useful resource group (ERG). Through HOLA, I’ve gotten to fulfill a lot of our Latino Googlers through the years—all of whom proceed to amaze me with their tales, abilities, and passions to make this firm, and the world, a greater, extra equitable place. The Hispanic neighborhood is significant to Google as a result of it brings in individuals who may in any other case really feel like cultural strangers and tells them, “come as you might be—you belong.”

The Hispanic neighborhood is significant to Google as a result of it brings in individuals who may in any other case really feel like cultural strangers and tells them, “come as you might be—you belong.”

How did you discover your strategy to Google? Have you at all times pictured your self working right here?

I truly by no means had ambitions to work in tech or at Google. While in my junior 12 months of undergrad at Florida International University, I appeared for internships across the nation, and was intrigued by working at firm that was breaking all of the established norms in company America. I utilized to Google’s BOLD internship program, considering it was a protracted shot, and after a number of interviews, I discovered myself dwelling out the coldest summer season of my life in San Francisco, interning at Google on the People Operations workforce. I fell in love with Northern California and Google, and anxiously awaited the alternatives that lay forward.

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Day one in every of my BOLD internship at Google in 2010, earlier than I discovered that gown shirts and ties are usually not a part of the gown code at Google.

Who has been probably the most influential particular person in your life?

My dad’s hustle, grit, ardour and optimism have taught me a lot about life and the world. As a first-generation immigrant, he taught me about risk-taking and tenacity. As a person of religion, he’s taught me about unapologetically straying true to my convictions. As a household man, he’s been a caretaker and steward of not solely his nuclear household, however—like a very good Latino—his prolonged household as nicely. He’s at all times balanced household life with the wants of the neighborhood. Whether it meant taking immigrant households into our residence whereas they bought on their toes, working with the homeless to assist them rehabilitate, or volunteering to feed the needy at close by shelters, my dad by no means turned down an opportunity present grace to these within the margins. These experiences formed my worldview and gave me sense of social justice and altruism, which continues to affect the work I do at the moment at Google.org.

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Sunrise on prime of the world, on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Climbing mountains is hard, however the summit is at all times value it.

How do you spend your time outdoors of labor?

Outdoors. Or touring to expertise the outside in the remainder of the world. I’ve at all times been in awe of nature. Oceans and mountains each scare me and encourage me. Whenever I’ve an opportunity to see the pure world from a unique approach, I often take it. That wanderlust has taken me to almost each continent (Antarctica, I’m coming for you!), 51 international locations, and from the deepest depths (I’m a scuba diver) to a few of the highest highs (simply did Kilimanjaro final 12 months!).

What profession recommendation would you give your 20-year-old self?

Invest correctly in individuals and moments. The networks of individuals round you’ll assist form your views, profession and open doorways to new alternatives … and when these alternatives current themselves, capitalize on the moments. They will educate you greater than any classroom can.

What has been an enormous second for you at Google?

I’ve had many Google “magic moments,” however the one which involves thoughts was Googlers’ collective response to the journey ban earlier this 12 months. Within days of the ban, Googlers organized an indication and confirmed up in full drive, with messages of encouragement and enthusiasm throughout grim instances. My workforce and I assembled a $4 million disaster fund to assist key organizations that had been main the way in which in combating injustice and intolerance. This second bolstered in me the facility of unity and comradery at Google, and inside immigrant communities, who convey their finest selves to this nice nation of ours.

As a Venezuelan-American that has benefited from ample alternative, I’m compelled to offer again to my neighborhood. That’s why I’m so grateful of the chance I’ve at Google.org to spend money on a greater, most simply, and extra equitable world, for everybody.

Googler Susanna Kohly on “constructing digital bridges” in Cuba, her household’s homeland

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating the fascinating tales and essential contributions of our Hispanic Googlers. Over the course of the month, we’ll share a bit about their histories, their households, and what retains them busy inside and out of doors of labor. First up is Susanna Kohly, builder of “digital bridges,” San Francisco resident and mom of two boys (and mini Instagram celebrities).

Give us the ten-second, one-sentence model of what you do at Google.

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Here’s Susanna in Old Havana throughout a piece journey this yr.

My job has two components (so I would want 20 seconds!). I work on the Hispanic Marketing crew to assist the 57 million U.S. Hispanics join with Google as an organization. Inspired by my Cuban heritage, I additionally co-founded Google Cuba, a crew that brings better entry to connectivity, new applied sciences, and Google merchandise to Cuba to “construct digital bridges” between Cuba and the remainder of the world.

When did you (or generations earlier than you) immigrate to the U.S.?

I’m a product of the Cuban diaspora. My mom is American, my father was born in Cuba, and I used to be born in Miami. I grew up talking two languages, mixing between two cultures and nationalities, so I perceive the anomaly of identification—how one can belong and never belong on the similar time. This has helped me adapt to completely different environments and given me the flexibility to mix in, to grasp, and to empathize. Growing up round different individuals who had left all the things to make a brand new life for his or her households, I turned obsessive about my circle of relatives’s story, Cuban historical past, and politics. I began studying and taking programs—something I may study that may make me really feel nearer to my heritage and the place I got here from.

Who has been probably the most influential particular person in your life?

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My Abuela (translation: grandmother) Carmen

My abuela Carmen—a mom of eight, an immigrant, and the matriarch of our household. Upon leaving Cuba, she offered each priceless factor she owned (together with her marriage ceremony ring!) to supply for her household and put her youngsters by way of faculty. She labored three jobs, discovered English, and has by no means complained about what she misplaced. Growing up, she informed me tales of survival, and instilled in me a notion of arduous work and sacrifice.  

I’m grateful to Google for giving me the chance to work on initiatives that bridge generations of Cuban individuals. My hope is that my two sons could have a way of their very own Cuban identification, identical to my abuela made certain I had.  

Tell us about one thing you are pleased with doing at Google

In December 2016, I accompanied our Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to Havana to signal the first-ever web deal between Cuba and a U.S. web firm. The deal represented a barrier that hadn’t been bridged in additional than 5 a long time. I keep in mind standing within the press room earlier than the announcement, operating on pure adrenaline and an excessive amount of café Cubano. Despite our sheer exhaustion, the crew was proud to assist  to assist set a precedent that may  hopefully open the door for extra business and cultural exchanges between our two international locations.

Like many Cuban-Americans, I really feel a duty to reconnect with the island that our grandparents left. I’m a agency believer that we will develop stronger by working collectively versus rising aside in isolation.

Like many Cuban-Americans, I’ve a duty to reconnect with the island that our forefathers left. I’m a agency believer that we will develop stronger by working collectively.

We went to Google with our daughters for the day. Here’s what we noticed.

Editor’s Note: Every different yr, Google hosts “Take Your Parents to Work Day,” when mother and father of Googlers go to the campus and get a glimpse of what it’s prefer to work there. There are a lot of actions to maintain the mother and father busy, and snacks to maintain them fed. To mark the event, the proud mothers of the Keyword editors stepped in to share their perspective of the day’s actions.

First day of Google

Gregoria (mother of Elisabeth): When my husband and I arrived on campus, it felt like first day of college—however  this time, our daughter was the one taking us by the hand. We spent the morning trying out the actions on the “expo,” beginning on the CodeLab the place, after a couple of minutes of tinkering, I spotted that I wanted a primary data of HTML. That was the tip of that, so we moved on to a lesson on aware consuming after which a demo from the Google Ergonomics crew, who assist Googlers arrange their desks to make them as snug as attainable. A bit of suggestions for subsequent yr: let me take a Google Ergonomics specialist with me to my workplace! 

Lisbeth (mother of Emily): The environment was festive: half open home, half Renaissance Faire. Stations to braid Google-colored ribbons into our hair or paint the inexperienced Android man on our faces wouldn’t have appeared misplaced. Proud however barely dazzled mother and father trailed after their Googlers, listening because the younger of us took cost. Photo ops and pink shirts have been in every single place.

Gregoria: Speaking of picture ops, the most effective moments of the day was studying how you can do a Boomerang.

Lisbeth: We marveled on the bravery of visitors making an attempt out silent disco [ed note: yes, we definitely had to explain what this was]. There was a station the place individuals may report themselves talking to assist enhance the Google Assistant’s voice recognition, and I lent my not-very-unusual voice patterns to the “Ok, Google…” database of pronunciation in English.