Casey Evans embodies the idea that your passion and life’s calling can truly become your career. A lover of all things holistic health, Casey has dedicated her life and burgeoning career to helping Black women in particular take care of themselves in holistic ways – meaning, there is an equal emphasis on physical, mental, and spiritual health care and treatment.
Casey grew up in Aiken, South Carolina, where she witnessed most people just ‘making it,’ in every sense of the word; “The ill are heavily medicated, and most individuals are living paycheck to paycheck,” she said in our interview. Growing up, Casey didn’t see many positive images of Black success, and she experienced the impact of racial disparities and discrimination throughout her own education. In high school, she was discouraged from applying to her now alma mater, Furman University, because her guidance counselor doubted that she’d be granted admission. Luckily, Casey’s parents were heavily involved in her educational pursuits and stressed the importance of a strong and resilient work ethic. She ended up graduating from Furman with multiple research fellowships and academic honors, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
In undergrad, Casey’s studies focused heavily on psychology and the poverty dynamics that disenfranchise individuals and communities. However, it wasn’t until she traveled to South Africa during her junior year that she discovered that colorism and the neglect of Black communities was a universal problem. “My time in South Africa was filled with images and stories of poverty and inadequate healthcare among low-income Black communities,” she said.
It wasn’t until I traveled to South Africa during my junior year of college that I discovered that colorism and the neglect of Black communities is a universal problem.”
During her study abroad semester in South Africa, Casey developed an insatiable passion for improving dietary habits and self efficacy issues among Black women. This passion ultimately led her to the work that she is doing now in researching obesity prevention methods as the UNC Chapel Hill’s Center for Women’s Health Research. In addition to being a researcher, Casey is also enrolled in the nation’s #1 Public Health Nutrition program at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and is a new health + wellness blogger on her Youtube channel, BlackCache.
BlackCache is all about sharing, on a large scale, the information that she’s learning on her journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian and public health professional. The channel is an extension of her love for all things natural and holistic health, and focuses heavily on nutrition, gardening, and natural hair.
What does Black Professional Magic mean to Casey?
Black Professional Magic means celebrating black men and women for all they contribute (past and present) to society. It means acknowledging and celebrating our obstacles, victories and how far God has brought us. Most importantly I love Black Professional Magic because it promotes positive images of African Americans, something we don’t always see in media. Lots of professionals stories and contributions aren’t acknowledged in mass media so I love this opportunity to innovate and celebrate ourselves.
Casey’s advice for other Black professionals is to know who you are, and seek your own validation as you chase your dreams. So often, we look for the affirmation of others and in our professional lives through awards or promotions; while these things can be an indicator of your trajectory, they should not define your self-worth–instead, they should only affirm what you already believe about yourself.
Casey, thank you so much for sharing your authenticity and inspiration with us!
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