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How to push back against the "diversity hire" label

When I was growing up, I never thought about the odds stacked against my success, only about fulfilling my dream of becoming an engineer like my father. Growing up on a Navajo reservation in Arizona, I was insulated from the larger world, and although I’d heard of reports of racism in the neighboring border towns, I hadn’t personally experienced it. Since everyone in my community was Navajo, I was never treated differently for my background, and the close-knit community instilled in me a strong sense of unity and kinship.