Microsoft Donates $1M to The Smithsonian Latino Center
On January 19, Microsoft announced a $1M donation to the Smithsonian Latino Center to support the new Museum of the American Latino. “The new museum will serve as a destination for visitors to learn how the Hispanic and Latinx community have contributed to art, history, culture and science in the U.S.” -Microsoft Latin America Latinx people make up 18.7% of the U.S population and hold a GDP of $2.7 Trillion. Although the number of Latinx businesses have grown, the number of Latinx people are unrepresented in politics, boardrooms and C-suites.
The Smithsonian Latino Center plans on raising awareness on the significant impact the Latinx community has in American society. Raising awareness through exhibitions, scholarly research, collections, public programs, digital content, educational resources and publications. Microsoft believes that understanding a community’s history and stories is core to building empathy and addressing injustice and inequity in our society.
“Microsoft’s support of the Smithsonian’s Molina Family Latino Gallery and the new National Museum of the American Latino is part of a longstanding commitment to foster diversity and inclusion within our company and across the communities where we live and work. As learning institutions, museums create critical spaces and experiences that increase access to the culture, innovations and impact of this community.”