When Helping Others Hurts! Addressing Equity and Diversity Fatigue


Wednesday, November 7


1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Nike Greene


Exploring how people involved in Equity and social justice work experience Burn-out and compassion fatigue; and how to create spaces to heal, refuel, and re-commit to our Diversity and Inclusion vision and goals.

Feeling exhausted, burned out? Human compassion moves us to concern and action, but not without cost. At times, our unwavering commitment to creating greater equity, inclusion and social justice, leaves us exhausted and too overwhelmed to make meaningful and sustainable change? Too often people who immerse themselves in the daily work of social change while living with the multiple marginalized identities experience a lack of restorative spaces and healing practices. In this highly engaging and supportive session, participants will explore the roots of their stress and burnout and develop practical ways to rejuvenate, re-energize, and retool themselves as powerful change agents.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Recognize the need for greater self-care and healing;
  2. Understand the critical need for peer support;
  3. Explore proven approaches and tools for self-care;
  4. Commit to a personal and supportive network action plan for renewal and rejuvenation in an effort to become more effective leaders.

Presentation Materials

Presenter Bio(s)

Nike Greene

Nike Greene, MA LMFT, was born in, Portland Oregon. As a wife and mother of four, family is her primary value. Nike believes every day is a direct reflection of keeping her family and faith as the priority.

Nike is a Graduate of George Fox University with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her education includes, Warner Pacific College with a BA Degree in Religion and Christian Ministries. Also, North Portland Bible College with Her ACM Degree, Certificate in Lay Counseling, Pastoral Ministry, Christian Teaching, and more. Nike has also completed the DeVos Urban Initiative Leadership Program. Nike is currently a Licensed Marriage & Family therapist, and Ministers alongside of her husband Pastor Herman Greene at Abundant Life PDX Church in North Portland.

She has traveled throughout the US, Speaking and teaching to diverse audiences. Nike’s gifts have been utilized and extend beyond US borders in Uganda, Mexico, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Congo. She is dedicated to serving in missions for the last 5 years in Uganda and Rwanda.

Nike’s mission is to bring healing, inspiration, and a message of hope. She helps serve families throughout the year in a specific north Portland housing community. She believes that the more we reach out to others, the more others will gravitate towards us, and that when we remove our masks of fear we will find trusting relationships that will prove valuable in our life. No one is an island unto themselves. Her mission is to stand committed to her faith, to live a healthy and balanced life which directly affects her husband, children, physical health, and everyday interaction with people and lastly to use her gifts to help build people up daily.

Nike currently ministers in Coffee Creek Correctional Institute. These facilities house Women and Men who need support, hope and direction. Her fiery speaking lights the flame in lives of people and encourages them to go to the next level with joy and empowerment. Her missionary Journeys bring hope to those ministered to and compassion to those who help send her.

She is the Director of Education & Community Engagement for Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. Nike’s endeavors remain connected to her passion around collaborative communities, education, engaged families and celebrating diversity. As a therapist, she believes that healing and unity can build stronger communities. She is known for her vibrant personality, experiences within school and correctional systems, community leadership and her stand for social justice.