A Message from the Strategist
Join EDI in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2023 with the theme, “Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We Are One!”
From September 15 through October 15, we will focus on elevating the voices and contributions of our Latinx colleagues at the NIH. This theme encapsulates an unwavering strength, resilience, and grit, which are deeply ingrained within our community.
In the words of Dinos Christianopoulos, “They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” These words resonate deeply with me and speak to the experiences of my community. Despite the myriad of challenges, from discrimination to economic stressors, our spirit remains unbreakable. Our rich cultural diversity provides a foundation of unity, optimism, and deep bonds that span generations.
Indeed, we are seeds, deeply rooted in love and unity, and with a fervent drive to rise above any challenge.
I invite you all to stand with us, learn from us, and celebrate with us during Hispanic Heritage Month. There are many events in store, and I hope everyone will embrace the power and strength of our stories.
Patricia Sauceda Kramer
Open Stage Webinar with NINDS
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Curious about the paths leading diverse talents to the NIH? Join us for a captivating webinar organized by NINDS’s OPEN and HOLA NINDS as we delve deep into our commitment to Learning and enhancing workforce diversity in neuroscience. Hear firsthand from our panelists about their unique journeys and experiences. Our Hispanic / Latino/a/x Employee Portfolio Strategist, Patricia Sauceda Kramer, will share her experience as an Army veteran and her path to NIH. This a not-to-bemissed opportunity to gain insights and be inspired!
HOLA NINDS Mini-Symposium
Friday, September 29, 2023 | 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT
Get ready for the HOLA NINDS Mini-Symposium! Presented by the HOLA NINDS Employee Resource Group; we’re spotlighting the remarkable contributions of NIH’s Latino and Hispanic workforce. Join us at Bldg 35, room 610, from 11am to 2pm for an insightful session featuring a stellar lineup of panelists. We will share stories, achievements, and inspirations that have enriched NIH’s journey. Don’t miss this opportunity to honor, learn, and connect!
Sense of Belonging in an Organization
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Mark your calendars! The Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a must-attend virtual panel discussion on the ‘Sense of Belonging in an Organization.’ Join us on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, from 1 pm to 2 pm ET and immerse yourself in conversations that resonate with the 2023 National theme: “Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We Are One.” Let’s dive into the richness of the Hispanic community’s diversity and the strength that unity brings—a perfect opportunity for all HHS members and its Operating Divisions to connect and engage.
It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand.
— Sonia Sotomayor
About the Artwork
The artwork for our 2023 Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) observance includes flags from 28 countries linked to the Hispanic/Latin American diaspora. In celebration of “Todos Somos, Somos Uno,” our team made the conscious decision to represent countries that are geographically located in and have deep roots in Latin America. These countries, like Suriname, French Guiana, and Haiti are all part of the Latin American mosaic.
Our Latinidad exists beyond boundaries, and this year we celebrate as one. Four key indigenous groups ― including Mayan, Inca, Aztec, and Olmec cultures ― are represented by deities in the banner. Animals with cultural and spiritual significance are also included to honor the Latino and Hispanic community's history and heritage.