Here in Michigan, we’re lucky to be able to celebrate diversity from across the globe, and that’s no different at DTE. In fact, DTE has eight active diversity groups, helping employees connect with each other and share their perspectives to promote an inclusive and welcoming environment. As we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) we highlight one of these groups and an annual networking event offering insight and understanding on an underrepresented yet proud group of DTE employees.

Somos DTE supports and enhances Hispanic business communities and opportunities in the DTE Energy service area. They seek to provide a positive impact on employees through group interactions, mentoring, career opportunities and the marketing of individual talents. If you speak a little Spanish, you may know that “somos” means “we are.” For members of the Somos energy group for Hispanic employees and friends, the name means “we are DTE.”

Somos aims to bring Hispanic colleagues together to celebrate and recognize the heritages of Hispanic and Latino countries. The group has members whom speak Spanish and Portuguese from countries across the world and sponsors lunch and learns throughout the year to educate the Latino community on their rich diversity. One of the group’s priorities is to develop interns and co-ops by supporting the Summer Talent Exposure Program (STEP) and other outreach activities to connect Hispanic youth to employment opportunities.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, Somos will host the fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Collaborative event from 5 to 9 p.m. at DTE’s Detroit headquarters complex. DTE will partner with Comerica Bank to put on the event, which will include networking, dinner and guest speakers. A private reception for Somos members will precede the celebration.

Employees can learn about the culture in a festive environment by attending the Hispanic Heritage Collaborative. Visit here to learn more or to purchase a ticket.

Check out our other ‘Our People’ blogs to read more on the people who power our company and the communities where we live, work and play.

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