Diversity Dialogue: Alexandra Sosa, Hispanic Heritage Month

My name is Alexandra Sosa, and I have been a Financial Coach at Volunteers of America Texas for a year now. I love working here because of the diversity that this organization has. It’s incredible that I work for an excellent place that recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month. I take great pride in being Mexican American, which allows me to embrace and appreciate my rich cultural heritage.

The values and traditions ingrained in my upbringing hold immense significance to me. My parents decided to migrate to the United States at 18, embarking on a journey that completely transformed their lives. Witnessing their resilience and determination has instilled in me a profound sense of gratitude, as they have played an instrumental role in shaping the person I am today.

As a first-generation college graduate, I am honored to carry their legacy and strive for excellence in everything I do. I have encountered challenges when dealing with certain documents due to needing help and learning everything myself. Despite the difficulties, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Embracing these experiences has shaped my identity and brought immense pride to my parents.

Growing up, I remember assisting my parents and occasionally aiding some of my aunts and uncles with various legal documents and translation tasks. Remarkably, this responsibility has persisted throughout the years, and I continue to provide support in these areas. It’s funny that they even called me “Secre,” short for the Spanish word for secretary. 

Being able to speak Spanish is something I highly value and take pride in, primarily when I can utilize it in my professional environment. Assisting clients who do not speak English not only enhances my love for Volunteers of America Texas but also allows me to provide comprehensive guidance in every aspect. Witnessing these individuals reminds me of my parents’ youthful pursuit of better opportunities and ready for a challenging fresh start. From having Spanish documents to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month are some of the many things that Volunteers of America Texas stands behind in our programs. One of the best experiences we have at Volunteers of America Texas in the Houston region is that our Chief Strategic Officer, Danita, annually hosts a cultural potluck luncheon, where each staff member brings in a dish that represents their culture or family heritage. This event brings staff closer by educating and exposing the team to the diversity we all share.

Some of my most cherished memories are the ones made in Mexico, which we have managed to preserve and relive here in the United States. Mexican culture is something I deeply cherish and take pride in being a part of. It brings me immense joy to share this rich heritage with the family I have built for myself. Now that I have a son, I must uphold Mexican traditions. From a simple Mexican dish to the grandeur of Mexican Independence Day, I have embraced the role of imparting these customs to my child. By doing so, I aim to give him a strong foundation in his cultural heritage and enable him to communicate effectively in Spanish and English.

I am determined to pass down the customs and values that have shaped my identity for many years to come. By creating these traditions, I hope to have lasting memories and a sense of belonging that will endure throughout my family.

Through celebrating cultural holidays, preserving our language, and transmitting cherished customs, I strive to ensure that our heritage remains vibrant and alive.

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