Seen as part of our mission to create inclusive and welcoming spaces on our properties for everyone, forever, celebrating Hispanic Heritage month isn’t just a nice thing The Trustees can do, but a mission-critical moral imperative.
– Noel Dominguez
Meet Noel Dominguez
What do you do at Trustees? What’s your role? I’m the Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion, and Equity (DBIE) Program Manager at The Trustees, and I develop and oversee our internal DBIE initiatives and advise other departments and leaders on integrating DBIE best practices into their day-to-day operations. I also help The Trustees expand our outreach and engagement with more diverse communities throughout Massachusetts.
What brought you to the Trustees? I was a member of the Trustees before I became an employee here, and I especially came to appreciate spending time in the outdoors during the early days of the Pandemic. When I saw the Trustees was hiring in an area I’ve been focusing on for the past several years, I saw my chance to bring my work life and leisure activities closer together, and took it!
What does National Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
To me, National Hispanic Heritage month is not just about celebrating and recognizing the immense cultural contributions of so many Hispanics and Latinos to US culture, history, and achievement. It’s also about recognizing the cultural diversity within the Hispanic and Latino community, and it gives me the opportunity to communicate what I find wonderful and unique about being Cuban, and to be proud of my cultural roots that make me the person I am today.
Do you have a favorite property? I really enjoy the sculptures and art exhibits at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and spent a lot of weekends there before I became a Trustees employee – it’s a great place for a long walk or a short visit, and there’s always something new to enjoy every time I go!
What are you excited about that The Trustees is working on? I’m currently leading the team developing the new 5-year strategic plan for our DBIE initiatives, and am very excited both by the progress we’ve made on our DBIE Journey over the past couple of years, and by all the exciting and new ways we’ll be working to make The Trustees a more welcoming and inclusive space for everyone who visits, works at, or volunteers on our properties!
What does it mean to you that The Trustees celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month?
Seen as part of our mission to create inclusive and welcoming spaces on our properties for everyone, forever, celebrating Hispanic Heritage month isn’t just a nice thing The Trustees can do, but a mission-critical moral imperative. Hispanics and Latinos make up the largest minority group in Massachusetts, and I’m proud that The Trustees has dedicated time and resources to making sure all Hispanics and Latinos feel recognized, affirmed, and included in everything The Trustees does, both during Hispanic Heritage Month and throughout the entire year as well!