Unidos: Stronger Together
The Huddle talked to UW Medicine employees – including Drs. Daniel Cabrera, clinical associate professor (General Internal Medicine), Luis Tulloch-Palomino, clinical assistant professor (Allergy and Infectious Diseases), and Lorena Alarcon-Casas Wright, clinical associate professor (Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition) from the Department of Medicine – who shared some of their favorite things about their cultures and why it’s important to recognize that, even among all the differences and diversity of Hispanic and Latinx people, they are stronger together and have ties that unite them.
“Being a first generation Mexican-American is one of the largest and most important pieces of my overall identity. I hold a lot of pride in calling myself Latino, especially in the field of medicine where Latinx folk are underrepresented." - Dan Cabrera
"To me, culture is the shared experiences and values of people with common geography, history or both. As a first-generation immigrant from Peru, I feel a deep connection with immigrants from all over the world because we have all overcome similar obstacles to succeed in this country. As a community, I feel that we value dedication and perseverance." - Luis Tulloch-Palomino
"Inclusivity is making sure we all participate and we all have our voices heard and our opinions counted. Just like in our Mexican families, our gatherings are multigenerational, we take the perspectives of our very experienced elders to the refreshing ideas of our young ones. " - Lorena Alarcon-Casas Wright