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Cooper Culture: Mr. Cooper Celebrates PRIDE Month!

During the month of June, members and allies of the LGBTQ community celebrate their rich history and honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan, New York. During Pride Month, we asked some of our colleagues in the Cooper Pride group to share their experiences and what celebrating pride means to them. From feeling like a part of a loving community to finding safe spaces to share war stories and victories, here are their inspiring words.

Brandon Boyd, Operations Control Analyst II

Does your experience as a member or ally of the LGBTQ community ever lend itself to your job function?
I feel it does lend a huge benefit to my job function, as I know how it is to be considered “different,” which provides a unique perspective and the ability to accept all sorts of people of different backgrounds.

What does Pride Month mean to you?
Pride Month, to me, is a time to reflect where we as community have been and what others before me have gone through to allow me the freedoms I have today. I greatly appreciate the people who have fought for the rights that we have today; without those pioneers we would not be where we are. Also, it’s a time for acceptance and love and to stand up for what I believe is right.

What do you wish people knew or understood about Pride Month and the LGBTQ community?
I want this month to be more about awareness and recognition of the real struggle for simple rights and acceptance that non-LGBTQ people have, and yet we still don’t. The fear and hate we face as a community is a very scary and real issue, even today. We are brave, though; we stand up for what’s right — not just for LGBTQ people, but for all people.

 

Kathy Connell, Assistant Corporate Secretary & Sr. Paralegal

How do you usually celebrate pride (in June and other months)?
I wear LGBTQ attire as much as possible, post items on social media, patronize LGBTQ-friendly establishments, and lend my voice to further understanding, acceptance, and tolerance — I do that year-round.

What do you wish people knew or understood about Pride Month and the LGBTQ community?
That every single person deserves to live their true self and love whom they love without any interference or ill-will directed toward them.

Does your experience as a member or ally of the LGBTQ community ever lend itself to your job function?
Yes. People who work with or around me know that my workspace is a “safe space,” and that I am willing to share my story, listen to theirs, and provide whatever support they may need at any time.

 

Stella Hess, Senior Vice President, Loan Administration

What does “home” mean to you, and how does that meaning motivate your work?
To me, home is my sanctuary and a place where I can truly be myself at all times. Well, except when the parents visit. LOL

What does Pride Month mean to you?
Pride Month is a time to remember the journey we have taken to get to the place we are today.

Has being an ally or member of the LGBTQ community ever facilitated connections with coworkers or with a Mr. Cooper customer?
Of course, and much more so now that we have the Cooper Diversity Groups and are making sure everyone at Mr. Cooper feels welcome.

 

Ingrid Jaschok, Senior Vice President, FLOD

What does Pride Month mean to you?
Pride Month provides the opportunity to reflect on who I am as a member of the LGBTQ community, and also to appreciate the work and effort of those before me. It humbles me, as there are a number of countries where being a part of this community remains a concern.

What do you wish people knew or understood about Pride Month and the LGBTQ community?
I think the history of LGBTQ community is important. It’s not something that is popular in our history books or is a common topic at the dinner table. … I like to read up on events around the country and the world.

What does “home” mean to you, and how does that meaning motivate your work?
Home to me is a place of safety, connection, love, and where we can truly be ourselves.

 

Donna Jones, Vice President, Post Closing

Does your experience as a member or ally of the LGBTQ community ever lend itself to your job function?
Yes, every single day I use something that I’ve learned by being a part of the LGBTQ community: All humans should be treated equal! Mr. Cooper has made a bold statement by allowing our community to come together and share our battles and victories. This company has empowered me to be the absolute best human I can be — HERE at my job!

What does Pride Month mean to you?
It is a celebration of equal rights for all, and a reminder that our work is not finished.

What do you wish people knew or understood about Pride Month and the LGBTQ community?
Why we celebrate, because I have not always been welcomed at my job or allowed to put a picture of my wife on my desk without making it a situation (a pretty big deal to me). Love is love, and if you find it for your life, celebrate! As a community, we are not asking to be treated special. Just equal.

 

Andre Mora, AVP, Acquisitions

What does Pride Month mean to you?
LGBTQ Pride means living, loving, celebrating ,and expressing one’s truth — truth to themselves, loved ones, and their community. It is an honor to celebrate our LGBTQ Pride, as it thanks those who paved the road before us and opens additional opportunities for us in the future.

How do you usually celebrate Pride Month?
I proudly display my Pride rainbow flag on front of the house. I reflect by way of watching documentaries on the social movements led by men and woman who fought for the justice, rights, and equality we deserve.

What do you wish people knew or understood about Pride Month and the LGBTQ community?
I wish people would understand that we want nothing more and nothing less than to be treated equally. We are one and the same as our heterosexual counterparts, personally, socially, professionally, and otherwise. President Obama said it best: “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”

 

Cooper Pride supports, develops, and empowers fellow employees, including those who identify with the LGBTQ community, while welcoming all employees regardless of sexual identification or gender.

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