Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct.15, is a time to celebrate the rich history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx individuals in the United States. This year’s shared theme: Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America focuses on the significant strides of Hispanics in the economic, political, and social growth of the U.S.
While the significance of Hispanic Heritage Month extends across various industries, it particularly resonates within the construction industry due to the substantial presence and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx workers in this field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, nearly 30% of construction workers are Hispanic.
Recently, Rosey Aburto McDonough, executive director of Hispanic Contractors of Colorado (HCC), shared about how PCL’s partnership with the organization has been vital for the Colorado community. HCC is a professional trade association, whose mission is to help small, diverse contractors learn how to do business with public entities and large corporations.
“PCL is one of the few companies that is really making an effort to connect and provide opportunities to subcontractors,” says McDonough.
“Knowing that a company is respectful of our heritage and is willing to celebrate with us is extremely important and makes us feel like we are working with people where we matter. Companies like PCL are so important to us,” says McDonough.
Throughout the observance, PCL celebrates, appreciates and supports all Hispanic and Latinx individuals within the construction industry. This year, the firm is commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month through various diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. Some to mention include hosting networking opportunities with industry partners from Hispanic communities and having events featuring traditional Mexican Salvadorean cuisine and salsa dancing.