It’s hard to describe what a typical day at Nava is like because no two days are ever the same. Every day brings new projects, challenges, and opportunities. So we’re sharing just a glimpse of what work is actually like for different people at Nava. Here’s what Paola Valdez, Business Operations Specialist and Juntos co-leader, has been up to lately.
Paola Valdez is a Business Operations Specialist at Nava.
On the Juntos Employee Resource Group (ERG)
Juntos is a community of Latinx, Hispanic, and Latinx-Luso [employees]. But honestly, I don’t love labeling it. We're already pretty divided because we all have very distinct cultures. I think these kinds of labels—Latinx or Hispanic, what are we, who are we—it really doesn't matter. At the end of the day, we all have a shared bond.
I'm from Venezuela, and if someone asks me 'Oh, what are you?' I'm not going to say I'm Latina; I'm gonna tell them, 'Hey, I'm Venezuelan.' I identify with my culture and I'm proud to be from there. I was born there, whereas someone else that's first gen might feel a different connection to their country. I think labels just make you feel a little bit more insecure about who you are or how you identify.
Our biggest Juntos events are during Latinx month. We’re hosting a live virtual podcast with Plurawl and a conversation about identity with Odalys Jasmine. Otherwise, we support our members attending events like the Latinas in Tech conference. The goal is for our members to attend these events, feel more connected to the community, and learn something new.