“Black History Month is celebrating the positive impact and the contributions that Black people have given to the world. It is a month to celebrate what our people can accomplish no matter the difficulties. Anything is possible!”
In February, the SFPUC is celebrating the contributions and achievements of some of our talented Black colleagues. Through her work as a Racial Equity Intern, Naima Clark helps the leaders for Power Enterprise plan and operationalize racial equity efforts within the SFPUC.
Clark enjoys working on the Racial Equity team, knowing that she can help make a difference in someone’s life through her work. “Whether it is big or small, the programs I am a part of impact other people’s lives,” said Clark.
She is most proud of her current project, helping the Power Enterprise hire students from Historically Black Colleges and Hispanic Serving Institutions to build a more diverse workplace. “The work with Racial Equity connects with Black History Month because we are providing equal opportunities for everyone despite the color of their skin,” Clark explains.
Clark is incredibly proud of the strength of the Black community. “The resilience we have to keep going no matter the circumstances. I am proud of our style, food, music, and our ability to influence other cultures essentially being the blueprint,” Clark said. “The Black community is stronger together because we can create more change if we come together, whether protesting police brutality or unequal rights. We seem to get our voice heard as a group than alone.”
Reflecting on Black History Month, Clark notes the contributions of those that came before her. “It is a time to honor our ancestors and reflect on the work that still needs to be done. It is a reminder that the level of reverence shown during this month needs to be consistent the entire year. Black History Month serves as a constant reminder that without Black history, there would be no history!”
Clark credits her grandmother, who recently passed away, as her biggest influence. “She made sure to tell me to stand up for myself, respect others, carry myself despite criticism from other people, and chase my dreams no matter how big. My grandma taught me many life lessons and I am fortunate enough to bring those lessons to the SFPUC.”
In May, Clark will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and hopes to continue working on racial equity in the workplace.