From Trauma Awareness to DEI Trauma Informed: Exploring DEI Issues through the Lens of Trauma

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM) (EDT)
Event Details

Earlier this year DANA offered a webinar exploring diversity, equity and inclusion issues through the lens of trauma. Based on the response DANA designed this Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Learning Series with Delaware nonprofits in mind. 

Perhaps more than any other time in Delaware's history, nonprofit organizations' services and leadership are being sought to navigate barriers to achieving sustainable, transformational change in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). To achieve this, our approach must evolve from merely focusing on "compliance with" and "tolerance of" cultural differences. A new paradigm is required. A new lens through which to view, understand, and embrace those whose lived experiences differ from our own, in needed. Join this webinar to learn how viewing difference -- who we are, why we are, and how we move through the world, can aid us in creating a space from which the desired impact of diversity, equity and inclusion can be pursued and obtained without indictment of our perceived differences of knowing or being. 

In this webinar, you will learn: 

•The basic concepts of trauma 

•The different types of traumas 

•How a shift in POV from “What is wrong with the other” to “What might have happened to the other” could inform your way of knowing/being in the world

  Njideka O. Wiggins, NOW & Associates Founder & Director

Ms. Wiggins is a licensed clinical therapist, a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist (CCFS) and the founder of N.O.W. & Associates. Njideka holds a Master of Science in Human Services Administration and Community Psychology from Springfield College SHS (2002) and a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University (2005). In 2012, she obtained her certification as a Compassion Fatigue Specialist at the Traumatology Institute in Toronto, Ontario under the instruction of Dr. Anna Baranowsky, one of the field’s leading experts. Njideka has over 30 years of corporate management experience in the financial industry. She spent 15 years at MBNA America (now Bank of America) where she was the first African American First Vice President. A self-described “Artivist – an activist who believes in the power of the arts to yield transformative, sustainable change,” Njideka strives to fuse these two ideals in all she does. Under the umbrella of N.O.W. and Associates, Njideka is honored to work with such partners as Next World Collective as a Restorative Equity Program facilitator; – a leading, online mental health service, as a Therapist; ARTFusion Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes understanding of difficult social issues via live theatrical experiences; and the YWCA of Delaware where she facilitates equity dialogues and professional DEI trainings, among others.

DANA DEI Learning Series is generously underwritten by


Additional Information
Event Contact:
Pamela Leland
Contact Organization:
Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA)
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