FMU Lovely Colors and the FMU Social Justice Institute present “Creating Space: A Conversation about Diversity and Inclusion” featuring Nik Harris, Esq.
Shenika “Nik” Harris (she/her/they/them), is a queer gender non-conforming attorney, activist, and speaker. She is a native of Tallahassee, Florida and obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Florida A&M University and her law degree from Florida State University. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and Washington DC.
Attorney Harris is currently the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ first LGBTQ Consumer Advocate, through which she serves as the Department’s liaison to Florida’s LGBTQ community, raises awareness on agriculture industry opportunities, and helps to address discrimination and fraud targeted at the community. This position was appointed by Commissioner Nikki Fried and is the first LGBTQ position to a member of the Florida Cabinet. Prior to this appointment, she served as Senior Attorney at the Florida Department of Transportation and as a prosecutor at the Florida Department of Health. She conducts training on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is certified by Cornell University in Diversity & Inclusion.
She is the first Black woman elected to serve as Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Board of Governors. HRC is the largest civil rights organization in the country. She serves on the boards of Ruth’s List and IGNITE Women’s Services, is Vice-President of the Dolphin Democrats (Broward County’s LGBTQ Democratic Caucus), Vice-President of the Florida LGBTQ Democratic Caucus, serves on the Broward County Sheriff’s Social Justice Task Force and is a BIG in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Pride Program. In 2020 she was selected as a Victory Empowerment Fellow, one of eight people selected from across the country. She was elected as a Biden Presidential delegate in 2020 representing Florida’s 22nd Congressional District.
One of her proudest achievements is the founding of “Thou Art Woman”, a signature open mic event, with her friend and fellow attorney Ghenete “G” Wright. The event series celebrates LGBTQ women and their allies through performance and visual art. Attorney Harris has been the recipient of countless awards, including the 2019 Ruth’s List: Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award; and the 2020 recipient of the LGBTQ Leadership Award by the Florida Diversity Council. She is an award-winning Toastmaster and speaks across the country in support of equality. Her partner is Jasmin Lewis, an award-winning educator and activist.
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