Athena Hollins, Senior Director of Diversity & Foundations, at home with her husband David Hollins, their two children Hypatia and Langston, and dog Jupiter.
"Diversity, Equity and Inclusion aren't just words on a paper; they need to materialize as actions and values that we live every single day. Our society is built on systems, and most of these systems have been designed to benefit certain people and leave others behind. Because these systems have been in place for so many decades, it's hard for many people to imagine what a world without them would look like; but that difficultly cannot paralyze us.
It is imperative, now more than ever, that we break down old barriers and create new structures that allow all members of our society to feel safe, be heard, and thrive. Since the pandemic began, I have become more cautious of the world around me and how I interact with it. I'm a social person, but I've been forced to see every new interaction as a potential threat. I have more nightmares now.
And I've transitioned to a bit of a parental role with my parents who live in Hawaii. I try to check in with them every day to see how they are doing and make sure they don't need anything. I'm honestly not sure what I could do to help them from here, but I feel like the tide has changed, and it's time for me to care for them."