Daisy Ozim is the founder of Resilient Wellness and an advisor with the NorCal Resilience Network. Here is her interview from December 2016.
NORCAL COMMUNITY RESILIENCE NETWORK: Tell us about the changemaking work that you are doing! What kinds of projects are you working on to make a difference in our community?
“So much changemaking going on! I am currently working on a healthtech platform that will easily help individuals and health providers access holistic medicine providers and products! I am also working to create a Cannabis Equity Fund in both San Francisco and Alameda county with the funds that will be generated because of the new legalization. In addition, I am doing work on advancing equity through trauma informed policy and programming regionally.”
NCCRN: Tell us about yourself. What were some of the a-ha moments that led you on the path that you are on today?
DO: As a child of Nigerian immigrants, I felt as though I get the best of both worlds. Nigerian culture and African American culture. I’ve been involved in community based outreach and advocacy and civic youth engagement, since my late teens. I became a fierce proponent of health and wellness as well as decolonizing all aspects of the public sector when i realized that systemic trauma was the number one leading cause of economic, education, health and social disparities In addition I spent time outside of my advocacy life to train in holistic health. I’ve been blessed to work on several issues including, health care quality for young women, public health implications of police violence, increasing visibility of self-care for social justice advocates and political empowerment for young women.
NCCRN: Who are some of your biggest inspirations, both historical figures and other changemakers in our community?
DO: Some of the biggest inspirations I have historically are Queen Nzingha and Harriet Tubman. I love their warrior spirits! I also adore Viola Davis and her resiliency. In my immediate community. I adore Regina Davis for all the work she has done to advance housing justice.
NCCRN: What do you do to stay present and refreshed? What kind of self-care do you us so that you are not burned out?
DO: I have to have quiet time every morning as well as pray and work with my energy tools. I have heavy lifting to do and people are depending on me which only solidifies my consistency.
NCCRN: What kinds of advice would you give to other changemakers, who are just getting started?
DO: I would say, don’t be discouraged by titles. At times social justice work can turn into a popularity contest. Find those who are dedicated to the cause and stick with them. Find mentors and also give away what you have been given!
NCCRN: What do you feel like are some barriers to change — both on a systemic and interpersonal level?
DO: Barriers to change include lack of objectivity, empathy and accountability!
NCCRN: What do you need? What would you ask from people who want to support you?
DO: I need individuals who want to support my work! I would like access to resources that will help me grow as a leader.
NCCRN: Game changer in the movement
DO: This presidency! People are finally waking up to what us people of color have been screaming for centuries!
NCCRN: Favorite quote
DO: “ I only debate my equals, all others I teach.”-John Henrike Clark