By Floyd Miller
Abilene CUADD in AustinBy Stephanie HammNew research on racial/ethnic disproportionality is on the rise! Last week our local Citizens United Against Disproportion and Disparities was well represented at the annual Disproportionality and Disparities Summit in Austin Texas. There, community and systems met to learn more about the state of race in Texas and the United States. This summit was attended by 450 registered participants from across the state. About thirteen of our local CUADD members were present, and four of our very own gave presentations. Odis Dolton, Theresa James and Chief Stan Standridge presented on strategies for engaging the community and systems to work together, with special attention to the community’s relationship with law enforcement. Judge Aleta Hacker presented on collaborating across systems for better outcomes for families involved in the judicial system. We thank these four for not only doing a great job, but for making Abilene look good! This year Abilene CUADD has a new steering committee made up of the following: Alan Copeland , James Ellis, Stephanie Hamm , Iziar Lankford, Derrick Neal, Sharon Owens , Mary Ross , and Anthony Williams Jr. . The CUADD meets monthly to discuss issues, engage in training, and serve the community of Abilene. Information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/cuad.abilene?fref=ts On behalf of the CUADD steering committee, we thank the community for allowing us to serve, and the for the support that enabled us to join the state’s Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities in reducing racial and ethnic disparities in our city.