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3 Key Skills for Being an Inclusive Leader

By Leena Akhtar, PhD | Sep 4, 2023

Inclusive leaders set the tone for an organizational culture, creating environments where every voice is heard, valued, and feels able to be impactful. This type of leader honors people’s different experiences, diverse perspectives, and backgrounds as sources of strength. Here are three key skills to help you transform organizational culture. 1. Understanding the Role of…

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VISIONS, Inc. statement on the racist murders in Jacksonville, FL.

By VISIONS Office | Aug 31, 2023

The fact that I’ve written messages like this more times than I can count is, itself, an indicator of the great sorrow I feel. AND as painful as it is, VISIONS does not retreat from these difficult conversations nor the pursuit of racial equity. There is no way our organization or any one of us…

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Thoughts on the Supreme Court Affirmative Action ruling

By VISIONS Office | Jun 30, 2023

This week, the Supreme Court struck down race-based considerations in college admissions. While the news may not be surprising, it is jarring. The decision speaks loudly that, for many, there is no desire to diversify collegiate student populations nor ensure that higher education learning spaces reflect the world in which they exist. It diminishes a…

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Response to video footage release from Memphis

By VISIONS Office | Jan 28, 2023

Dear VISIONS family: I try to understand the need for all Americans to view the appalling video that was released tonight. Sadly, for some, it’s arguably needed as a reminder that this type of violence happens every single day and Tyre Nichols’ murder is not an isolated incident.  It’s a continuation of the long-standing practice…

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Rest as Resistance, Not Resistant to Rest

By VISIONS Office | Sep 5, 2022
Silhouette of a person wearing glasses and a head covering standing in front of an orange sunset. Text: Rest as Resistance. Not Resistant to Rest. September 5, 2022. By VISIONS Staff

Rest as Resistance, Not Resistant to Rest by VISIONS Staff “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” — Audre Lorde (1988) A Burst of Light In a business marketplace full of rumination and hand-wringing about “quiet quitting,”  there’s a real opportunity for companies and organizations to assess…

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VISIONS is Wearing Orange — National Gun Violence Awareness

By VISIONS Office | Jun 4, 2022

  Dear VISIONS community, I’ve sat down to try to write this statement too many times to count now. And everytime … I can’t. Not because I’m at a loss for words about the ongoing and devastating toll that unchecked gun violence continues to take on our nation and our communities–I have many words for…

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Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade

By VISIONS Office | May 11, 2022

Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade Like many of you, last week, I saw news alerts of the closest possibility of the Supreme Court decision to repeal Roe v. Wade that I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.  As individuals who acknowledge inequities and power dynamics that obstruct the advancement of all birthing people, we…

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Nichelle Nichols is the Best Thing to Have Ever Happened to NASA by Beca Oliveira

By VISIONS Office | Feb 25, 2022
Colorful collage featuring two photos of Nichelle Nichols: (1) as Star Trek character Lt. Nyota Uhura wearing a red uniform and sitting at her station, (2) demonstrating NASA equipment for recruits.

Nichelle Nichols is the Best Thing to Have Ever Happened to NASA by Beca Oliveira When Star Trek premiered on NBC in 1966, Lt. Nyota Uhura, played by then-Broadway actor Nichelle Nichols, was something never before seen on American television: A Black woman with Real Authority over white men. As Chief Communications Officer, Uhura was…

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How Shirley Chisholm Kicked Down the Door by Hayven Williams

By VISIONS Office | Feb 24, 2022
Black and white photo of Shirley Chisholm, smiling and wearing a collared shirt and glasses. Colorful collage background.

How Shirley Chisholm Kicked Down the Door by Hayven Williams On November 30, 1924 Shirley St Hill was born in Brooklyn, New York to Caribbean parents Charles and Ruby St Hill. Shirley is the oldest of four children. A good chunk of her childhood was spent in her mothers home country of Barbados with her…

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Florence Price and the Truth About Black Excellence

By VISIONS Office | Feb 22, 2022
Black and white photo of Florence Price in a colorful collage.

Florence Price and the Truth About Black Excellence by Tori Parham Each Black History Month, as we look to celebrate the accomplishments of our ancestors, it’s important not to fall into the trap of simply celebrating examples of “Black Excellence.”  Black Excellence is ordinary. What is extraordinary are the circumstances which keep Black people from…

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