Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“...I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because that don’t know each other and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.”
The Community Race Relations Coalition is
a diverse group of citizens and organizations whose mission is to promote racial
and cultural awareness through dynamic outreach to strengthen our community.
The Community Race Relations Coalition is a diverse group of citizens and organizations based in Waco, Texas whose mission is to promote racial and cultural awareness through dynamic outreach to strengthen our community.
Jo Welter, Board Chair
Stephen Reid, PhD, Vice Chair and Chair
of the Board Development Committee
Paige Davis, Secretary
Steve Cook, Treasurer
Bill Falco, PhD
José Villanueva, Chair, Policies and Procedures
Committee and Board Development Committee
Scheherazade Perkins, PhD
EX-OFFICIO BOARD MEMBERS
Michael Jones, Webmaster
The coalition grew out of community-wide dialogues on race relations held in 1999 and 2000. The first dialogue consisted of small facilitated groups in which participants shared personal experiences, identified areas in need
of change, and prioritized action steps.
The second dialogue consisted of workshops focused on needs identified in the first dialogue. One workshop generated the idea of a coalition to continue efforts to work for improved
race relations in our community.
To facilitate this, the Waco Mayor called together a group of community leaders in October, 2000 to begin the organization of the Coalition.
After a year of informal meetings, the coalition adopted bylaws and elected a board.
It is expected that Directors attend monthly Board meetings on the first Thursday of each month from 5:15 p.m. through 6:45 p.m. at St. Alban’s unless otherwise excused. CRRC notices are generally accessed on the website. It is expected that Directors have a working knowledge of internet computing and have access to email.
The CRRC Board of Directors normally consists of 15 Directors plus 3 Ex-Officio (non-voting) members. The Directors serve staggered 2-year terms (7 or 8 elected each year). The Executive Committee consists of 4 Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) elected yearly.
Elections are held at the September meeting of the entire CRRC membership. The Board
delegates tasks and duties to Committees which carry on the business of the CRRC. Each Director
is expected to serve on at least one Committee (and most likely chair one). Committees consist
of at least one Director to chair the given committee plus any number of individual CRRC members.
Provide opportunities for adults
and young people to learn to accept, respect and include people of other ethnicities and cultures.
Promote the transformation of Waco into a community where
racial differences are accepted, understood and embraced.
Make social interaction between racially and culturally diverse persons commonplace within the Waco community.