Beyond the Usual, Passive DEI Efforts in Tech

Blog: Perspective & Growth

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Manny Becerra as a child

October 2006

It's easy to fall into a head space where we overlook our own privileges, which afford us opportunities for advancement in life, especially when the injustices in the world are so prevelant and growing.

Most people have something to be grateful for if we allow ourselves to sit back, tune out the external noise, and find some perspective.

Most people have something to be grateful for if we allow ourselves to sit back, tune out the external noise and find some perspective. I'm not saying it's always easy to arrive at this place, especially under extreme cirumstances one may be under, however, it's also not impossible to do.

I keep perspective that my health allows me to get out of bed each day and live a life many don't get to live fully due to failing health. Being a US citizen affords me opportunities that some of my friends and neighbors growing up didn't get due to them being undocumented.

For instance, I have my physical and mental health, and I am a US citizen. These things alone can be taken for granted on any given day, however, for me, I keep perspective that my health allows me to get out of bed each day and live a life many don't get the opportunity to do, due to failing health. Being a US citizen also affords me opportunities that some of my friends and neighbors growing up didn't get due to them being undocumented, such as working "above-the-table", pursuing higher education with access to financial resources if needed, and so-on.

In keeping perspective, we place the focus on being grateful for what we do have instead of what we don't.

In keeping perspective, we place the focus on being grateful for what we do have instead of what we don't. It allows us to live a life more aligned with compassion and growth, and the will to help others where we can along the way.

Thank you for reading and reflecting.

With gratitude,


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Manny Becerra as a child

I am human, a father, and a problem solver: an inclusive tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in recruiting and leading compassionate, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture. My teams and I champion usable, accessible digital products and online experiences. My work, passion and values also intersect with advising small businesses and political campaigns, outdoor and education advocacy, community building, and amplifying voices from historically marginalized communities. Learn more about Manny

I operate from a place of compassion, possibility and imagination. My work and efforts share a common goal: create a better, sustainable and equitable world by building inclusive communities, products & experiences.