DINA POTTER (STUDIO LOCATION: WASHINGTON, DC METRO AREA)
I was born in Guatemala City, during the most violent phase of Guatemala's 36-year civil war. When I was 12 years old, I immigrated to the United States, accompanied by my mother and two younger sisters. After we found a home in Orlando, FL, I went through the culture shock of realizing I was considered a minority. Not only that, I didn't particularly care for the way Latinos in general were being stereotyped, but especially Latina women, often objectified as mere sex symbols with a thick accent. As a first-line immigrant coming of age, one of the biggest challenges I encountered, was navigating the complexities of wanting to blend in, while simultaneously remaining true to myself, and where I came from. This meant that during the day, when I was in school, I worked really hard to get rid of my accent. At nights, when I was home, I practiced my Spanish.
After high-school, I put myself through college. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's in Organizational Communications. Shortly after, I relocated to Lousiville, KY for my first "real" job, in what would end up being a profession in Human Resources. I lived in the west-coast for a couple of years, in the Puget Sound region. But most of my time has been spent in the east-coast, where I also lived in Raleigh, North Carolina, and now, in the Washington DC metro area. I've had the opportunity to travel for work throughout the United States, and the pleasure of experiencing the unique and diverse ways Latinos define themselves depending on where they currently live, their country of origin, beliefs, language, foods, and traditions.
Being bilingual has opened many doors for me, and I am truly grateful for that. I know it is a skill that's allowed me to differentiate myself in a competitive workforce. Yet, throughout my career, I've walked into many rooms for business meetings, conferences, or networking events, to often find that I am the only Latina. I want to change that! My hope is that this podcast exposes the younger Latino generation to individuals who will inspire them, all while smashing the negative stereotypes that are now even more prevalent in our society. l look forward to having meaningful dialogue about the issues that impact us all, learning more about each guest, and what makes the Latino community in the United States so resilient.