Exploring Diverse Cultures at Cox
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Cox is spotlighting some of the employees who make up our diverse company culture. Learn how we encourage our people to Make their Mark at Cox.
The AAPI community is made up of many ethnic groups with diverse backgrounds, histories, languages and cultures. In this Q&A, we sat down with Marc Feliciano, an instructional designer at Cox Communications, to share some insights about his culture, his background – and, oh yeah, the food!
Q: Hi Marc, tell us about your “day-in-the life” as an Instructional Designer.
A. I started in January 2019 as an instructional designer for HR. I develop and publish training for all lines of business. I love that I can help and learn from different lines of business across the company. I enjoy working with different types of people and understanding how I can help them succeed by training their employees and their target audience. For the past year and four months, I have worked with Cox Residential, Cox Business, Cox Media, and the Technology team.
Q: That’s great, tell us more about your background.
A. I’m 75% Filipino and 25% Chinese. On my mother’s side, my grandfather is from Hong Kong and he is 100% Chinese. So, my mom is half-Filipino, half-Chinese and my dad is 100% Filipino. My upbringing was me juggling two worlds at the same time. I migrated to the United States when I was 8, but we moved to South Georgia where there weren’t many other Filipinos, much less Asian people. I was raised by a single mom and it was just her, me and my older sister. In terms of tradition, my mom cooked Filipino food for us and still spoke Tagalog when we were growing up.
Q. How do you keep those traditions and beliefs alive?
A. We flew to Manila and I brought my team some Filipino souvenirs and snacks. I also try to eat at Filipino restaurants here in Atlanta. I want to cook it for myself next, but I just need time to practice. I would love to learn how to make my mom’s lumpia. Lumpia is a Filipino type of spring roll. Not only do I love it, but my mom uses it as a side business and her customers love ordering it as well.
Q. What do you think is the greatest need in the Asian American Pacific Islander community – and how can others help?
A. The greatest need for the community is for us to be in leadership positions. I would like us to be represented, not just in pictures, but in a seat at the table. We need someone who can be a voice for the community. That’s why I love how our new ERG Lotus, puts a spotlight on Asian American and Pacific Islander Cox employees. It is always good to be part of an inclusive company that highlights their employees and not just the bottom line. I encourage my coworkers to join the ERG for insightful conversations, fun, and AMAZING food!
Special thanks to Marc for sharing his story with us. If you want to #MakeYourMark and join a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone can grow, explore career opportunities today.