Welcome to the new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) blog with ODC Network! My name is Vanessa Gutierrez and I am the Community Outreach and Inclusion Manager. I will be coordinating this blog along with the help of my team at ODC. 

I identify as a Spanish speaking Latina woman. Through my identity I have the unique opportunity to engage with community members by listening to their stories and elevating their voices by the creation of this blog space. 

Throughout 2021 the blog will recognize different months as the ODCN Cultural Heritage and History Celebrations.The purpose of each celebration and awareness month is to educate our community about how our unique identity shapes us and influences how we collaborate together. `

We invite you to join us in this DEI journey. Check out our upcoming blog posts where we highlight the first quarter of 2021.