Name: Dr. Nicole Caridad Ralston

Neighborhood: Central City

Profession: Associate Director, Education & Programming at Beloved Community, Founder of Caridad Consulting


Nicole Caridad Ralston

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.


Nicole Caridad Ralston

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.