Preparing Latino Workers for the Future Workforce

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Hispanic Heritage Month is a time when Latinos celebrate our cultural values and share our heritage. We tell the stories of the leaders who paved the way for us and those among us today who are making meaningful changes at the root of what we read, think, and do. This month we have come together—a DC-based policy institute, a major research university, and a tech company—to issue a new challenge to industry, policymakers, and educational training institutions alike.

While we each as individuals have personal stories of our journeys as an immigrant, first-generation American, and multi-generational American, we are bound by common threads in the values we were brought up with: we come from and are ourselves, thrivers. COVID-19 has revealed and reinforced the grit and perseverance of US Latinos. We recognize ourselves in the essential workers who held up the supply lines during the darkest moments of the pandemic, the students who seek out free Wi-Fi to connect to classes, and the business owners who pivoted their services to keep employees on the payroll.

This Hispanic Heritage Month, we are sober about what we are celebrating. The pandemic trifecta—a public health crisis,…


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