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Welcome to SOLV Energy's Cultural Corner! As a way to illuminate our DEI path, we have introduced a new series highlighting diverse perspectives on career and life featuring members of our SOLV Energy team. Cultural Corner will build awareness and encourage appreciation for our variant cultural backgrounds!

Tell me about yourself. Who are you? Where did you grow up? How do you identify? My name is Jazmine Abercrombia and I am a sister, daughter, wife and mother-to-be. I identify as a Black woman with strong Creole and Caribbean roots. My father’s side is from New Orleans, LA and my mother’s side is from Trinidad and Tobago. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA, Go Aztecs! And currently reside in Austin, TX. I have been with SOLV Energy for nearly 2 years as a Business Operations Coordinator but outside of work you can find me doing DIY upgrades in my home.

What do you value most? My tribe of family and friends. We constantly lift each other up, celebrate one another and support one another.

What were you told as a child that you still believe today? “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

How does your cultural heritage influence who you are? The versatility of Black women’s’ hair has a large influence in my form of expression. It is art and so fun to change up. One day I may have it in braids and the next day it is straightened or I’ll just let my natural curls be.

What family traditions or superstitions do you have? You can always expect a large pot of gumbo on the stove whenever my family gets together. It is a tradition we have for nearly every holiday.

What cultural similarities and differences do you have with your closest co-workers? One thing I’ve picked up on is that music and dance brings all types of people together.

Please share something that you’d like everyone at SOLV to know about your cultural heritage. Black/African-American people are not a monolith. As I live and lead my life, I honor the range of experiences that represent my community and encourage others, especially those that identify differently than me, to partake in their journey to educate, explore and honor black history. This could look like: Supporting a local black owned business, supporting black artistry and/or just practice listening…reach out to a friend and ask them how they’re doing in light of recent traumatic events.

February is Black History Month! Do you have a specific black leader or role model that has influenced your life? Who are they and how have they influenced you?” There are numerous change makers who have come before me that have altered the trajectory of how I am able to choose to live my life. Whereas in the past, many did not have a choice. And for that, I am thankful.

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