How do you personally identify, and how does your sense of identity show up in your work?
I am Samoan. My sense of identity shows up in many ways in my work. For one, physically. I’m heavily tattooed with markings of traditional Samoan and Polynesian designs. It’s a constant visual reminder of who I am and who I represent.
I’m also a lead for one of our new internal communities: the Pasifika Peoples Collective. I’m enjoying connecting with people from cultures similar to mine around the globe at Google.
Can you tell me more about the Pasifika Peoples Collective?
The Pasifika People’s Collective serves to promote a collective voice for the Pasifika people’s nations (Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia) highlighting our culture’s significance, increasing awareness and providing a platform for personal and professional growth within our communities through outreach and support. Growing up in our communities, tech wasn’t an option for many of us. We’re intentionally working to show the Pasifika youth that there is a path for them into tech.
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we invited Sione Havili, Regional Vice President of Sales at Domo Inc. and Vice Chair of the Utah Polynesian Professionals, join us for a virtual Talks@Google. He discussed the power of second chances through providing employment opportunities for felons and expanding opportunities in tech for underrepresented groups to join us in a Talks@Google.
We’re also partnering with our Scholarships team to raise awareness of Pasifika scholarships in APAC as part of our Generation Google scholarship. The application window will open in October 2022.