Diversity in the Workplace

By Dannely Flores Kramer, Account Planning Director Diversity in the workplace has been a hot topic populating newsfeeds for sometime now – from companies making it a performance metric which affects bonuses, to people writing memos that argue biological differences. Regardless of which side you’re on, many would likely agree that diversity is meant to drive positive change, and it usually starts with the very best intentions…that is, until people begin seeing it as a hassle, check box, quota or policy they have to abide by. But, even the best intentions run the risk of unintended consequences, as the saying…

Our Passion Project: Meet Nancy Bernardino

By Maria Yolisma Garcia, Social Media Intern Photography by Jessica Paramo, Internal Agency Project Manager This is part of the Latina spotlight series, in which Dieste seeks to highlight the positive change and impact everyday Latina leaders are making in the U.S. In this edition, we meet Nancy Bernardino-Lira, principal of Solar Preparatory. It’s the story about us, you and me. The story about a place where opportunities are hard to find. But most importantly, it is the story of a person who worked hard to seize every opportunity that came her way. The education sector, while it is growing…

Stealing the Show: Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation

By Gabi Reynolds, Strategic Planning Intern These days you can’t get very far into the news without reading about one person accusing another of cultural appropriation. Are we as a society policing too much? Is our culture of political correctness out of control? Do we just like to create controversy, or do we really have a legitimate problem stealing from one another?   The Oxford English Dictionary defines cultural appropriation as “the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, and ideas of one people or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.” While it…

Making The Great Outdoors Great For Everyone

By Gabriela Sosa, Social Media Coordinator I am by no stretch of the imagination a good hiker. Nor am I in great shape. I still don’t have great ‘gear’ and I even get lost on marked trails. But I love hiking. However, for many reasons, ranging from accessibility to lack of representation, getting outdoors can be really intimidating. My national park visitation stands proudly at just 2 parks, and that may even be a lot considering that, according to nonprofit Latino Outdoors, Latinos “are…among the most underrepresented groups in conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental education organizations.” Lack of diversity, not…

First Impressions: Stereotypes

We’re all guilty of it. Every time we meet a new person, we form an opinion in our head about them – how we think they behave and how we should behave towards them. Sometimes, we give them enough time to bare their real selves, and more often than not we find ourselves questioning our initial judgment. When we’re the ones being judged or placed in a particular “bucket,” we may feel confused, angry, sad or a combination of all. Why, we ask, do people assume this or that about me when they don’t even know me? To dig further…

A Short and Sweet Guide to the “New Español”

By Leirum Rivas, Copywriter The Spanish language is more alive than ever, and it’s changing everyday. In order to approach the young, and not so young “Latino generations” in the U.S., we must turn our eyes and “ears” to this transformation. Just like all fusions (think kimchi tacos!), Spanish language is starting a new trend by incorporating different “Spanish-es” to the mix and blending them with English.   Data For Your Thoughts Although many analysts and authors maintain that third-generation Latinos will primarily speak English, the truth is that Spanish will remain relevant and evolve into ”New Spanish”. It won’t die…

Navidad in July

By Dannely Flores-Kramer, Account Planning Director As we close the month of May and get ready for summer, most people are understandably already planning how they will spend their summer days: enjoying an iced-cold beverage, dusting off the barbecue, going on vacation… but not us. We are putting on the Christmas carols, planning posadas and filling presentations with holiday visuals. Yes, it’s Holiday Season planning. Like us, some of you may be in the midst of planning for “the most wonderful time of the year,” while others may not be there just yet. To help you out, we gathered some…

Weddings + Tech = Match Made in Heaven

By: Erin Clark, Planning Director It’s spring time and love is in the air! And coincidentally tomorrow, April 28, 2017, marks my 10th wedding anniversary (love you, babe), so I’m feeling a bit nostalgic and love-struck. But, let’s go back in time a bit further to the 1960’s when it was considered the “norm” to settle down and get married at a young age. Needless to say, a lot has changed since then. Today, one-in-five Americans ages 25 and older have never been married, compared with just 9% in 1960. Technological, demographic & social changes are shifting consumer behavior, which…

See it. Touch it. Feel it.

By Danny Villanueva, Group Account Director “Sooner or later, everything old is new again,” Stephen King once wrote — an observation that’s never been truer than today. Case in point, far from being dead, vinyl records sales rose to $416 million last year, the highest since 1988, and artists like the Black Keys, Lana Del Rey and Beck are eagerly embracing the format. Instant Polaroid-like cameras have caught on among millennials and their younger siblings thanks to shops like Urban Outfitters. A new Pew survey shows that print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats. Old-school paper…

Search: The Next Generation

By Erin Clark, Planning Director with Guest Contributor Tony Dieste, Founder & Chairman  Illustration by Nicole Hamilton, Digital Jr. Art Director Today marks a major milestone for Provoke Weekly! This is our 250th consecutive weekly newsletter…that’s 1,750 days or about 5 trips around the sun. Just to give you a peak behind the curtain of Provoke Weekly, here at Dieste we have access to mind-blowing amounts of first person data and our cultural experts scrounge for insights to earn their paychecks (myself included). Knowing what to search for is only half the battle. Understanding cultural nuances and staying on top of the…