We are April Soler and Angela Romero, the founders of the HOLA Employee Resource Group at Coursera. Diversity and inclusion are values that are critical to Coursera’s success. We believe that Coursera should be a place where people from all walks of life feel like they belong and can do their best work as a result of it. Building a diverse company is not only a socially responsible thing to do, but it’s also good for business. Time and time again studies have shown that diverse teams are more efficient at solving complex problems and yield better business results.
The HOLA ERG is committed to the representation, advancement and inclusion of Latinos at Coursera. We look at fostering diversity through three lenses: First, we’ll aim to expand access to careers in technology to Latinos through community outreach. Second, we’ll strive to build an inclusive and exciting workplace for Latinos at Coursera. We’ll foster a sense of “familia” – a place where we feel like we belong and can do our best work. Lastly, with 31 million learners worldwide, Coursera’s audience represents a diverse set of communities and cultures. We’ll advocate for the needs of U.S. Hispanic and Latin American learners so we can continue to build innovative and inclusive educational products at Coursera.
Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO and Executive Sponsor of HOLA Coursera says, “Our mission is to enable anyone, anywhere to transform their life through learning, and building a high performing team is critical to delivering on this mission. I firmly believe that diversity and inclusion enhance the creativity, perspective, and capabilities of any team and enable them to perform at the highest level. By 2050, Hispanics will represent over half of the nation’s workforce and companies that get ahead of this demographic shift will fare better. Successfully engaging Latinos will be a key component of building diverse teams and companies. It’s important that we start paving the way and supporting Latino leaders now. I’m thrilled to be the Executive Sponsor of HOLA and I look forward to supporting this initiative.”
A special thank you to HOLA’s founding members Giovanni Dubois, Mario Chamorro, Marimar Hernandez, and Chad Meirose. Keep an eye out for our HOLA ERG blog series where team members share their stories. Want to help us grow our familia at Coursera? If you have any ideas, let April and Angela know on LinkedIn!
Angela & April
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