Courageous Conversation Affiliates

An Elite squad . . .

The Courageous Conversations About Race (CCAR) methodology is a large part of CSD's District Improvement Plan and it helps us develop a common language regarding race across the district.

CCAR Affiliates are a dedicated group of individuals from across the district who support CSD in our in-depth implementation of CCAR's principles and constructs.

Affiliate practitioners in CSD, have made a deep commitment to being true racial equity leaders in the District and using their personal anti-racist journey as a lesson to support the development of others.

This powerful group of multicultural affiliates serves as District leaders and examples toward the best practices of CCAR methodology. They are called upon to do work such as leading groups of students or teachers through racial conversations, evaluating or developing race-related programs, and/or supporting other types of race-related work throughout the district.

meet the CCAR Affiliate Practitioners

Heidi Whatley

Title - Research and Analytics Director

hwhatley@csdecatur.net

Dr. Melvin Ratcliff

Title - School Social Work Lead

mratcliff@csdecatur.net

I Do this work because . . .

in the words of Rabbi Sandra Lawson "You are either racist or anti-racist. Those are the two choices. The latter meaning you are working everyday either emotionally or physically to dismantle the racism that we all have been taught since day one in the United States". I endeavor to be anti-racist.

I Do this work because . . .

"I have never encountered any children in any group who are not geniuses. There is no mystery on how to teach them. The first thing you do is treat them like human beings and the second thing you do is love them." - Dr. Asa Hilliard -

Jean-Jacques Credi

Title - Clairemont Elementary Assistant Principal // Decatur Virtual Academy Director

jcredi@csdecatur.net

Chanell Huff-Cox

Title - School Nurse, Clairemont Elementary School

chuff-cox@csdecatur.net

I Do this work because . . .

Not doing it would mean being complicit with the inequitable status quo that is harming our children, families and community.

I Do this work because . . .

Silence is NOT an option. Equity matters. If CSD is committed to ensuring the success of all students, we must be intentional in our efforts to identify and address the racist behaviors and practices that deny marginalized students the opportunities, resources, and support they need to thrive.

Dr. Curtis Armour, Jr.

Title - Principal, Clairemont Elementary School

carmour@csdecatur.net

Ms. Rochelle Lofstrand

Title - Principal, Decatur High School

rlofstrand@csdecatur.net

I Do this work because . . .

Equity for marginalized people is long overdue.

I Do this work because . . .

Our students deserve to be seen, heard, valued, and safe.

Dr. Lillie Huddleston

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Ms. Karen Newton-Scott

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