Name: Dr. Nicole Caridad Ralston
Neighborhood: Central City
Profession: Associate Director, Education & Programming at Beloved Community, Founder of Caridad Consulting
Describe what you love about what you do: I am an educator and facilitator at heart. I am passionate about equity and inclusion and building a society that serves the most historically and socially marginalized groups of people.
Something about New Orleans that can always put you in a good mood: The food! We have the tastiest and most accessible food in the country. You can dine at a 5-star restaurant or grab a poboy at a corner store and have an equally delicious experience.
Where do you see New Orleans on the other side of this pandemic? I am hoping that we become a more equitable city. People are more aware of the deep structural inequities and I’m praying that we come together to rebuild a more balanced economy that benefits the many, rather than the few.
What advice would you give your twenty-year-old self? You are enough, just the way you are. Don’t dim your light to make others more comfortable.
Favorite museum: The McKenna Museum of African American Art
Favorite art gallery: Studio BE
Favorite clothing store: YEP Thrift Works
Favorite simple indulgence: Doubles from Queen Trini Lisa
Favorite thing to do here to recharge: Massages at Windsor Court
Best musical concert ever: Outkast at Voodoo Fest
Interviews have been edited and condensed.
This article appeared in the September 2020 Issue of Adore Magazine.