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Interview with a ” Los Uber” Member

An Intimate Conversation with Joceline Torres from Uber

Following our game night at Uber (see the last post!), we had the pleasure of having the opportunity to sit down with one of the Los Ubers, Jocelyn Torres. She explained that the employee resource group (known as an ERG in the office) was established in 2015 as a passion project to ensure a more diverse group of candidates wanted to join the company.

Interview with a Los Uber Member

Interview with a Los Uber Member

Jocelyn used to be a paralegal at a law firm but wanted to work for what she thought was such a cool company, Uber, that she accepted a job there as a customer service representative to get her foot in the door. A huge part of what she loves about Uber (and one of the reasons she sees herself staying there for 20+ years!) is Los Ubers and the fact that employees are given the opportunity to connect with coworkers with similar cultural backgrounds and the freedom to participate in the ERGs. She describes Uber’s culture as a safe space – a place where she can be herself.

Interview with a Los Uber Member

Interview with a Los Uber Member

Interview with a Los Uber Member

She also mentioned that 16 other groups have formed since the inception of Los Ubers, including, but not limited to, Asian Heritage, Uber Hue, Uber Parenting, and Women of Uber. In fact, they even collaborate – Asian Heritage and Los Ubers recently held a spicy food challenge (Asian Heritage won with a spicy ramen). She believes this emphasis on a diverse culture has made Uber unique and makes more and more people want to join the already competitive company.

Interview with a Los Uber Member

Interview with a Los Uber Member

Interview with a Los Uber Member

As you guys know, we’re both Latinos who migrated to the U.S when we were younger. Growing up wasn’t always easy as we had to learn a new culture, language, and school/work systems. Often times fitting in and creating community seemed intimidating due to the lack of experience we had in the US. After having our 1 on 1 with Joceline, we definitely took the memory of how important having a community with peers from your same cultural background. There’s nothing better than to share stories over cafecitos, tacos, and good empanadas!

We’re so proud of Uber’s initiatives to give minorities a voice and are proud to continue to work with them. Although we were only at their Chicago office for a short period of time, we could definitely feel the diverse, inclusive energy in the office, and it’s really special.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month, and thank you again, Joceline!

-TwoTrends

Interview with a Los Uber Member

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