June marks Caribbean American Heritage Month, an important time to celebrate the diverse contributions of Caribbean Americans to the United States’ cultural, economic, and social landscape. This month-long commemoration offers an opportunity to honor the heritage and history shared by people from the Caribbean and their descendants. 

Caribbean American Heritage Month was officially recognized in 2005 to acknowledge the significant impact of Caribbean immigrants in various fields, including politics, business, education, and the arts. 

Deseree Scott, PMP Business Development Coordinator and Project Manager at Tidal Basin Caribe in the US Virgin Islands shared her thoughts on the significance of this observance: “Caribbean American Heritage Month is a time to reflect on and celebrate the rich cultural heritage and numerous contributions of Caribbean Americans. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge our shared history, recognize our achievements.” 

The Caribbean comprises over 25 countries and territories, including the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic. Each nation boasts unique cultural traditions, languages, and histories, contributing to the rich tapestry of Caribbean American identity. 

Since 2018, Tidal Basin has maintained a significant presence in the Caribbean, particularly in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. “Tidal Basin Caribe has dedicated itself to training and educating local personnel, achieving a transfer of technology and knowledge that makes Puerto Rican society more resilient. The workforce of the Puerto Rico office no longer only provides services on the island but is also collaborating with projects throughout the nation,” said Paxie Cordova Escalera, Community Energy and Water Resilience Installations Program Manager at Tidal Basin Caribe. Their work includes housing and infrastructure recovery support, disaster preparedness, and efficient financial recovery. The team’s local expertise ensures that the unique needs of Caribbean communities are met with dedicated, hands-on support, enhancing resilience, and promoting effective disaster management. 

Join us in honoring Caribbean American Heritage Month and celebrating the vibrant legacy of Caribbean Americans who continue to enrich our nation’s cultural landscape. Saudy Balzac, Tidal Basin Caribe’s Construction Manager Coordinator agrees. “It is definitely a time to celebrate! The Caribbean American contribution to the United States is one of significant value to all of us. From our people, history, music, food, sports and culture, there is no doubt we have a lot to offer. Proud to celebrate the Caribbean American Heritage month.” 

Visit Tidal Basin Caribe to learn more about their work in the Caribbean.