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
Aleea Slappy Wilson is Norfolk’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. In this role she is driving the City of Norfolk’s efforts to be a community where everyone feels welcomed, resources and services are distributed equitably, and residents and business owners are equipped for success.
Aleea leads an interdepartmental team to advance equity in Norfolk through institutional strategies and external programming. Her current role is complemented by her previous work as a Senior Business Development Manager in Economic Development where she drove Norfolk’s efforts to support the start and growth of small businesses.
Aleea is a recipient of the 2020 Woman of Distinction award from the Hampton Roads YWCA. She is a 2018 graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads and serves on the board of directors for the Park Place School.
Aleea earned her undergraduate degree from Hampton University and her Master’s degree from Eastern University.