In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Stark & Stark’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee are shining a spotlight on some of our AAPI employees.
We sat down with Nima Pereira, an IT helpdesk support specialist in our Hamilton office, to discuss her favorite cultural traditions, and what AAPI Heritage Month means to her.
Stark & Stark (S&S): What is your cultural identity?
Nima Pereira (NP): Sri Lankan
S&S: What is your favorite cultural tradition?
NP: Traditional dresses, festivals, and cuisines.
S&S: What does AAPI Heritage Month mean to you?
NP: It means that I come from a country that has a long history of flavor, humanity, and love.
S&S: The theme for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month this year is advancing leaders through opportunity. How do you think we can all work to achieve this goal?
NP: We can start by recognizing the contributions, influence, and achievements to American history, culture, and society that AAPI’s have done.
S&S: How do you think your culture has influenced you in your professional life?
NP: Stark & Stark has been a positive work culture firm for me, and I believe that promotes productivity, engagement, and improved employee experience. I have been working here for 16 years.
S&S: What do you hope to see for the AAPI community in the future?
NP: Hope to see more donations going towards AAPI organization working to support the community. Organizations that helps stop violence towards AAPI.