Nia Noire derives from Swahili (Nia) and French (Noire) origins
NIA is the Swahili term for "purpose" or "intention." Nia is the foundation of the Nguzo Saba principle committing to the collective vocation of building, developing and defending our community, its culture and history in order to regain our greatness as a people
NOIRE is the feminine French translation for "black"
We use these terms together to emphasize the importance of using our stories as healing power.
When facing our challenges and our struggles, we have the ability to overcome by turning our problems into our purpose-- sharing our stories with our communities to help those seeking their own life's path.
JESSICA GADDY, LICSW
FOUNDER, NIA NOIRE
Jessica Gaddy, LICSW is an independently licensed clinical social worker, millennial, and minority mental health advocate. Jessica has over 10 years of mental health experience through her education, professional practice, and lived experiences. From the age of 15, Jessica battled with major depressive disorder. In search of self-understanding, Jessica studied psychology and human behavior earning a Bachelors of Arts from the California State University, San Bernardino. Her experiences became the platform for her passion in mental health and advocacy, leading her to pursue a Masters Degree in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.
"BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF.
KNOW THAT IT IS OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY"