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.