In the wake of the U.S. presidential election and ensuing concerns about the nation’s political climate, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of diversity and inclusion Nika White recently outlined a way to meet the challenges of uncertainty.
“I believe it’s to our benefit to see the election results as an opportunity,” said White, acknowledging that many citizens are vulnerable to feeling marginalized following this campaign year. “Through this historic election, we have been presented with a chance to work even harder to more effectively shift the paradigm of inclusion from one of obligation to one of opportunity.”
Noting that crisis can create solutions, White expressed hope that the movement for diversity and inclusion, or “D&I,” will gain even more momentum.
White listed four reminders for constituents: confront D&I skeptics rather than avoid them; use positive interactions and messages to encourage leaders instead of ineffective techniques such as manipulation or censure; treat inclusion as a leadership responsibility; and remember the reasoning behind the movement on a daily basis.
“Remember, you are trying to shift behaviors and attitudes,” White said. “We must renew our commitment to the work …Create a series of actions that can help build your confidence, speed, and power.”
White earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications, a master’s in education, and a doctorate in organizational leadership.