Are you a “Neighborhood Influencer” that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and a sense of belonging in your neighborhood? In an NBN Academy session, Aleea Slappy-Wilson, Norfolk’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, and residents offered simple, practical ways to intentionally use ordinary privilege to create welcoming neighborhoods. Use the material below to see if you're a neighborhood influencer.
Intentionally support neighborhood businesses
Nominate your neighbors for awards
Find creative solutions to neighborhood problems
Learn about your neighbors
Understand the demographics of the neighborhood
Encourage board recruitment for renters and homeowners
Nurture new neighbors. Engage them early.
Connect neighbors with resources like the NBN Academy
Employ an equity checklist in neighborhood decision making
Raise questions to promote inclusion and belonging