O’Haloma State University Track Torri Ortiz often says that discovering track and field in elementary school changed his life. The young Illinois native grew up in her upper eight in her conference, where she won three times, and during her senior year at Batavia High School she broke seven school records. After spending her two years at Illinois State University, she decided to make her new start…in Oklahoma.
“When I came to Oklahoma, I was never far from anything. I was born and raised in Illinois for 20 years. And I packed up my car and my cat. , and that’s what made me grow,” Ortiz told me in a unique interview last month.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Tori. Tercera Cultura Entering the Metaverse for the first time in the series, I virtually met Tori. We sat side by side in a world made to represent Latin culture.
Ortiz is a third generation Puerto Rican and embraces the honor and responsibility of being a Latina in areas such as Oklahoma, athletics and technology. The rise of NIL has allowed Ortiz to bring her culture to places and virtual worlds that didn’t exist a year ago, let alone her grandparents’ time.
Family is at the heart of everything she does, including working with Meta to bring underrepresented communities and voices into the immersive media space. After all, if it weren’t for Tori, I’m not sure she would have been willing to explore the Metaverse. What do you know about technology? Former athlete-turned-writer.
Therein lies the power of compelling storytelling and community building. I was terrified to enter the Metaverse, but I was drawn into Tori’s story. I am also his 3rd generation Puerto Rican from Oklahoma.
Learning new immersive technology was intimidating, but I persevered for the culture. We all agree that the tech industry is booming, but women in tech are surprisingly underrepresented at the moment.Ah 2020 research Of the 28% of women in tech, Latinas represent just 2% of all STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs.
The same study found that black and Latino women who majored in computer science or engineering were less likely to be hired for technical jobs than white women. In addition, 66% of women reported having no clear career path at their current company.
“People look at tech companies and say, ‘I don’t write code.’ But there are plenty of opportunities that don’t require a technical background,” says Andréa Schiller, director of product marketing at Salesforce. said. told forbes last year. “Sharing that story is essential to getting more Latinos into the industry.”
Participate in the Metaverse Cultural Series or MCS. The MCS will launch in his 2022, “with the primary goal of creating accessible entry points into the future of technology for historically marginalized communities.”
Ortiz, the first Latino to have a NIL partnership with Meta, not only increased representation, but also opened the door to others from the community to dictate how the Metaverse will be built. , is part of a group of influencers called into the Metaverse.
“I think when you talk, you listen, and you think about the Metaverse and all these worlds. “This is amazing because who could have imagined that technology would grow so big and open up so many opportunities for so many people,” she added.
Tori isn’t shy about wanting to be one of NIL’s top athletes. So when it comes to the NIL, I want to be a top-ranked person,” she told me.In addition to Meta, Ortiz is on the Gatorade team, UConn basketball player Paige he is the Bookers and Jackson State quarterback Sheriff. I participated with Dule Sanders.
Being a top NIL athlete is hard work. These goals come with great responsibility to herself, her family, her university, and now her sponsors, so Ortiz believes in her ability, time management, and on-track preparation and sponsorship. focus on the preparation of
“You have to be competent to work with these brands, to know your worth, to know what you can do. When I do, I have deliverables that need to be produced, and you have to make sure you’re on time…Even with these great meetings and stuff like that, I always do the night before I make sure my technology is working.
By spending time practicing and troubleshooting, Ortiz gains the confidence to do what is asked of him, whether he is the first or only one.
“The world is very cruel. We are not really recognized for being part of the Latinx community, especially as athletes,” Ortiz recalls.
I felt it deeply.
But MCS is different, says Ortiz. She has conducted interviews and conversations with other Latino influencers and creators. “This entire Metaverse her cultural series has been amazing. Sometimes I feel like I don’t even have words to describe how much it means to me,” she said.
Meta is actively building alternative worlds, and through its MCS series, it doesn’t just invite diverse voices and creators to the table. The Metaverse is a place where we can literally build virtual worlds inspired by our wildest dreams.
“I think it will allow people to develop comfort within themselves and hopefully learn to immerse themselves in the world and culture. It’s going to be huge.