Message from Unity's Executive Director

Many could say both national and local governments alike were impacted by two pandemics in the year 2020 – Covid-19 and racial unrest indeed altered our world's course. 

However, these obstacles created Hampton's opportunity to amplify our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for residents, employees, and stakeholders. 

Lila Watson, a visual artist, has said that you are wasting your time if you have come here to help me. But if you have come because your liberation is bound with mine, then let us work together.

The position of standing together to restore unity is our most actionable and familiar course. 

As a part of the City of Hampton, the Citizens' Unity Commission is responsible for overseeing and developing programming that brings citizens together, encourages positive interactions between diverse individuals, and promotes the value of respect for difference while learning and growing together. 

After extensive research and several conversations, the city's findings led to a review of internal processes and an executive management commitment to develop and maintain a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program that includes allcity employees and stakeholders. 

As the executive director of the Citizens' Unity Commission, I am dedicated to deepening our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for our workforce.

Latiesha D. Handie 
Executive Director, LGBTQ Liaison