The City Clerk’s Office Presents the Monthly Board Member Spotlight:
Stacy whitenight, Human Relations Commission
Why would you encourage someone in the community to apply to be on a board, committee, or commission?
Communities are made up of so many stories, journeys, and experiences. Every single individual matters in this collective, yet, we so often only hear or see government bodies generate outcomes that reflect the few. Serving on a board, committee, or commission for the City of Durham provides a forum for the marginalized voices to be heard. It's an opportunity to share and to listen. It is an opportunity and privilege to have a seat at a larger table where you can advocate for those who may not be able to. Sometimes we don't know how to take our passion born from experience to the next level that creates change in our community - it starts with these boards.
What do you enjoy most about serving on your particular board?
I enjoy listening to others on the Human Relations Commission, where so many of my own assumptions are challenged. I believe growth starts with self, and if the people serving your community and city are open to learning and expanding the boundaries of their own understanding and knowledge, then your community will reflect those changes as well. I am filled with so much hope as I see this growth mindset is core to the underlying culture on the HRCB.
What is your favorite part about living in Durham?
I very much love our food culture. There is so much to explore and honor in our city's history through food. Whether it's exploring the agricultural history of the Eno and the Occaneechi tribes or grabbing a bite at one of our many amazing restaurants - it's fascinating to see how modern cuisine is finding ways to tap into history to create a shared experience for so many of us here in Durham!