Hispanic and Latino American workers make up 17% of total employment across the nation, but just 8% of all science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers, a 2021 PEW Research study found. Despite their small share, they still make large contributions to their industries, as evidenced by the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation’s Pasa la Palabra: Latin-X-Tech event.
The event, held in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, brought together a diverse group of Hispanic and Latino American technology professionals, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts for a day of connection and celebration. Attendees were treated to a lineup of conversations from industry experts who focused on the importance of Hispanic and Latino American representation in technology, as well as panel discussions with small business owners from Detroit.
The event was more than just a place for networking and learning, however. It was a platform for Detroit’s Hispanic and Latino American communities to showcase their achievements, share their stories and address the challenges they face in the tech industry. It also celebrated Hispanic and Latino American culture through its food, music and local artisan offerings.
One Detroit contributor Bryce Huffman visited the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation’s Pasa la Palabra: Latin-X-Tech event to learn how Detroit’s Hispanic and Latino American communities continue to carve out their place in the tech world.
He talks with Anita Zavala, the entrepreneurship and wealth-building director at Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation; Jessie Feliz, the founder and lead educator of Spanish S.W.A.G.; Eye Breathe Design Founder Eddi Gonzales; and Mikey’s Cocina Founder Miguel Mendez Roman, who is also the building manager at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation.
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