What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
During Hispanic Heritage Month, America celebrates the contributions and culture of Hispanic Americans from September 15 - October 15. September 15th marks the anniversary of the day five Latin American countries gained independence from Spain.
These countries included Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Mexico follows, as it celebrates Mexican independence from Spain on September 16th; and Chile celebrates its own independence day on September 18th. Originally known as Hispanic Week, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation to expand it to 31 days. We honor Hispanic Heritage Month because of the impact the Hispanic culture has made in America. From the language, to the food, entertainment, and America's workforce.
Hispanics and Latinos in the Workforce
In 2019, Hispanics and Latinos became the largest minority group in the USA. Latino USA reports, while 17% of Hispanics make up the workforce, only 4% are in executive positions. It is projected that Hispanics and Latinos will make up nearly 21% of the workforce by 2028. Though the number of Hispanics and Latinos in the workplace are growing, when it comes to executive level positions, companies still have a long way to go. There is a larger gap between workers and executive-level representation in Hispanics than any other group. As an employer, not only does having diversity in your company make your organization look desirable to other employees, it also shows that your company hires fairly. Diversity also opens the door for different ideas, from different people, with different backgrounds and experiences, and that has proven to be more profitable for businesses in general. We encourage you to take some time to learn more about the Hispanic and Latin cultures, as well as, Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanics in Aviation Hispanics have a long history of success in American aviation. As stated above, there are not many Hispanics in leadership roles. It's important to acknowledge those who are. Here are some (but not all) Hispanics making their mark, at an executive level, in the airport and aviation industry. Izzy Bonila, Chief Operations Officer, Mobile Airport Authority Ren Camacho, CEO, Akron-Canton Airport Mario Diaz, CEO, Houston Airport System Ray Esquivel, Assistant Director of Aviation, McCarran International Airport Angel Ramos, Assistant Airport Director - Planning & Engineering, St. Louis Lambert International Airport Mario Rodriguez, Executive Director, Indianapolis Airport Authority Sam Rodriguez, Airport Director, El Paso International Airport Liliana Rambo, General Manager, Houston Airport System Jesus Saenz, Director of Airports, City of San Antonio Airport Division Linda Valdez-Thompson, Executive VP, Administration & Diversity, Dallas Fort Worth Int'l Airport Monica Lombraña, Retired Airport Director, El Paso International Airport Oscar Munoz, Executive Chairman and Retired CEO, United Airlines
Check out more Latino Aviation leaders that were featured in Latino Leaders Magazine by clicking below.
Hispanic contributions to American Workforce One of the greatest contributors to the Hispanic American workforce history was activist Cesar Chavez. Cesar led nonviolent marches and boycotts to raise awareness about the struggles of farm workers. He fought for better working conditions and better pay for farmers. He also co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which is known today as the United Farm Workers Labor Union. Chavez's contribution made a huge impact on American history and it will forever be remembered.
"Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures." - Cesar Chavez