Black History Month Spotlight: Aisha Losche

Ilana Coolidge

Aisha Losche, Chief Diversity Officer at Draper and YW Boston Board member, spoke with YW Boston about Black History Month, her career, and advice for young Black professionals. 

What does Black History Month mean to you?  

Black History Month is a time for us to celebrate and appreciate all that Black Americans have contributed to our great nation. It allows for people to who have been overlooked to get the recognition they deserve.  

What are some of the things you love most about your heritage? Or what are you most of proud of regarding your heritage?  

As a first generation Haitian American, I am so proud of Haiti’s revolutionary spirit. 1804 was the spark for other nations to launch their fight for freedom. The world would be a much different place without Haiti. 

What are your thoughts on recent efforts to reduce or remove lessons on Black history in public schools?  

 Black history is American history. We can no longer provide history from one point of view. We must tell the full story no matter how painful it is. Our children deserve the best and most robust learning of our nation that we can offer.  

What advice would you give to young Black professionals who are looking to get into your field? Or, what advice would you give to your younger self?  

Advocate for yourself and do not be afraid to ask questions. Keeping your head down will not get you noticed, only overlooked. You are capable of so much and you must share your wins for leaders to know of your great contributions.  

How do you feel you are breaking barriers in the workplace?  

It is why I show up every day. Being on the forefront of providing an inclusive workplace for our veterans, people of color, disabled people, LGBTQIA+, and all people with all lenses of diversity is my purpose. We must provide that environment to allow our people to be innovative and solve tough problems without worrying about their identities.  

What are you reading, watching, or listening to right now? Do you have any Black History Month book, documentary, or podcast recommendations?  

I am currently reading For the Culture by Marcus Collins. Other books I recommend include Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee, and The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein.