At Civilitude, we strongly value Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. It really is a
part of who we are to our core.
Our team members are from all over the world. At any given moment in our
office, you could hear 5 or 6 different languages spoken. For example, on our
leadership team we have our founder, Fayez Kazi who is an immigrant from
Kuwait. Our President, Nhat Ho, an immigrant from Vietnam. Our Director of
Operations, Leslie Botello, an immigrant from Mexico. Green is a part of our
company colors, but we are company made up of Brown, Black and White
people from different cultures, different backgrounds, different education.
We have invested time as a company over the years working to better
understand Race and Racism in the United States and in our own community
here in Austin. Last year, following the murder of George Floyd we made the
decision to make Juneteenth a holiday for the company encouraging out
team to take the day to refresh, reflect and become better educated about
We again take a day off this year to honor those who learned that they were
freed from Slavery in Galveston, TX in 1865. We understand that was not
that long ago. We understand that although slavery was abolished, other
forms of it still exist. We have work to do in this country to empathize more
with each other and to embrace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
We are happy to see that
President Biden has now made Juneteenth a
. We also know that another holiday won’t solve the systemic
issues that still exist. But this is one step. We look forward to being a part of
the solution moving forward.