Episode 111 | June 13, 2022

Side Affects Episode #111: Don’t Just Hire Diversity, Weave It Into Belonging – DE&I Part III

In This Episode

Side Affects host, Kenzie McEvily and guest host, Anne Marie Singleton continue the 5-part series with Tiffin University’s Center for Intercultural Excellence, Nadia Lewis, and Julia Porter to discuss Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and in addition, Belonging. This third episode of the series dives deep into Equity in the Workplace. It starts, once again, with the realization that not everyone comes to the table with the same beginnings. As a leader, you should begin to infuse small movements of change, supporting each team member. Those who genuinely feel they belong will be loyal and approach each workday positively. Watch or listen to learn how DEIB is a critical step to success in the workplace.

About Our Guests

Nadia Lewis, SHRM-CP

Nadia Lewis, SHRM-CP

Nadia Lewis is the Vice President for Human Resources and the Center for InterculTUral Excellence at Tiffin University. She received her B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in International Business and her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Human Resource Management along with a certification in Strategic Global Organizational Leadership from Colorado Global campus.  Nadia has over 15 years working as an HR business partner for industries such as aerospace, engineering, robotics, healthcare, behavioral health, higher-education, factory automation and manufacturing.  She is a certified facilitator in Bridges out of Poverty, Fierce Conversations, the Color Code and CQ (Cultural Intelligence).  Helping to train organizations in the opportunities that exist to maximize the various pathways in creating a culture of engagement, under a culture of inclusion.

Nadia has served consecutive years as a chair and a board member for the Northwest Ohio Human Resources Association (a state chapter of SHRM) most recently consecutive years as the Diversity Chair.  She is also a member of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) previously served in the role of President on the board for CUPA-HR.  She has also served as a keynote speaker/presenter at national, regional and state conferences. Presented on topics such as “Creating conditions that lead to retention, productivity, and engagement in entry-level workers”,  “Getting results through individual and organizational accountability” at conferences such as the NOHRA-SHRM Diversity Conference of 2017, Keynote Speaker CUPA-HR Conference 2017, 2018 & 2019, Keynote Speaker for Health Care 2016, Staffing World conference and varies SHRM chapters.  Outside of her professional HR environment, Mrs. Lewis has served on the Lucas County Mental Health Board as well as NAMI as an advocate for creating opportunity and equitable access for the underrepresented population.

Mrs. Lewis holds a SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) in Human Resources.

Nadia Lewis currently resides in Maumee, Ohio with her husband Kevin and their two boys KJ (10) and Camden (7).

 Julia Porter, PhD

Julia Porter, PhD

Dr. Julia Porter is an educator, consultant, and writer. At Tiffin University, she is the Director of the Center for InterculTUral Excellence. Julia started her career as a high school teacher in Brooklyn, NY and went on to work in the nonprofit sector before landing in higher education. She holds a BS in English Education from Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis, an MA in English Literature from Brooklyn College, and a PhD in Global Leadership from Indiana Tech. Julia is the first in her family to not only earn a four year degree, but to get a PhD. She and her husband, Kyle, built their family through adoption and raised awareness about the unique nuances of being a part of a transracial family, as well as the complexities of the adoption triad.


Learn more about the Center for InterculTUral Excellence here!

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