- Strength in Cultural Diversity—Faces of GWB: Cris
Strength in Cultural Diversity—Faces of GWB: Cris
Each year, World Day for Cultural Diversity is honored in May. This day serves to recognize all cultures, deepen the understanding around those cultures, and better identify the values of cultural diversity.
Within Great Western Bank, we celebrate the cultural diversity of our employees throughout the year but are using the month of May to honor four of our own. As we look to their individual stories, we see a path carved with cultural richness, stories of acculturation and an introspective look at their uniquely individualized journeys.
Read Cris’ story:
Cris, a GWB employee since 2016, came to the U.S. when he was four years old. His reflection of events leading up to his family’s move from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and the subsequent events after their move, are limited by his age. Though Cris has little recall of those early years, he does remember a vivid memory of disembarking from the plane and seeing snow for the first time. Cris understands that his family sought job opportunities in the U.S. as a means to financial security and to end the cycle of poverty. As the oldest child of five, Cris readily took to learning English and served as the primary translator for his parents as they encountered greater difficulty learning the English language. Cris views English as his primary language with Spanish serving as his secondary language. With his family, Spanish is still spoken within their family home and is a loving reminder from where he came and from what was risked to establish security and opportunity.
Great Western Bank supports a rich tapestry of cultural diversity. We recognize the differences of our employees and support the unique talents and backgrounds each brings to their work environments. From the diverse contributions of our employees, we are strengthened together.
Strength in Cultural Diversity—Faces of GWB: Alex
Alex, a GWB employee for over seven years, recalls the indelible memory of her mom waking her and her sister in the middle of the night to escape their war-torn country of Bosnia when she was just five years old.