Connection Sessions for *POGM

Please join CSD's Equity Director in connecting with the people who make CSD work, learning more about who they are, and reflecting upon issues important to CSD's POGM (BIPOC) community.

Connection Sessions are conversations between CSD's Equity Director, various invited guests, and the CSD POGM community. During each session, community members will be introduced to a person who is integral to supporting the school system and we will discuss their thoughts, interests, and concerns regarding City Schools of Decatur. Each session uses a racial equity lens - always asking the question -

"What does race have to do with this?"

These sessions may not always have the answers but will offer a viable opportunity to explore perspectives and share thoughts. Members of Decatur's POGM community are invited to join the discussion and pose their own questions.

Each meeting can be accessed using the following link:

Session dates are listed below.

  • May 17th, 2021 - Dr. Maggie Furhman, Superintendent

  • June 15th, 2021 - Dr. Kristy Beam, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

  • July 19th, 2021 - Ms. Adena Walker, Director of Staff Support. Canceled due to illness.

  • August 16th, 2021 - Mr. Sergio Perez, FMP, Chief Operating Officer

  • September 20th, 2021 - Ms. Frances Holt - Chief of State and Federal Programs

  • October 19th, 2021 - Dr. Lillie Huddleston - Associate Superintendent of Equity And Student Services

  • November 15th, 2021 - Mr. Rodney Thomas - Executive Director of Student Services

  • December 13th, 2021 - Mr. Eston Melton Chief Information Officer

  • January 17th, 2022 - Ms. Lonita Broome - Chief Financial Officer

  • February 21st, 2022 - Ms. Courtney Burnett, Chief of Staff

  • March 21st, 2022 - Ms. Heidi Whatley - Director of Research and Analytics

  • April - 18th, 2022 - Ms. Lowanda Bowman - Director of Transportation

  • May 16th, 2022 - Dr. Holly Brookins - Principal, Glenwood Elementary

If there are no community participants, Connection Sessions will be recorded and posted on this page.

* People of color, despite being minoritized in the US, are a global majority. Thus, previously entitled BIPOC Connection Sessions, the name of this event has changed to Connection Sessions for POGM (People of the Global Majority). There is conflict regarding the use of the term BIPOC and this article details many relevant concerns. In short, the term BIPOC, which stands for Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color, elevates some cultures over others in a way that does not reflect the respect each culture deserves.