Black, Cis-Woman, Pet Mom, Educator, Advocate
Courtney grew up in Detroit, MI, where from a very early age she was exposed to the injustices that exist within the working world. She spent many hours of her childhood at Union meetings or on the picket line with her Dad. The listed experiences informed how she views the relationship between workers and industries, and advocating for what is right. Courtney took the values instilled in her and went to become an Educator in the higher education space and received her master’s in higher ed. Courtney has worked in the DEI space across various higher education institution: Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, and the University of Notre Dame to name a few. At Be-Equitable, Courtney serves at a Project Consultant, where she works to hold partner organizations in relationship and assuring partnerships between BE and organizations thrive.
Is your political correctness motivated by judgment or empathy?
I don’t love the term political correctness; I feel as if the term puts folks in a bit of a binary and the term has changed a lot in culture context in the last few years. What I prefer to think about is, how can I conduct myself in a way that allows others to be their full selves in my presence? Personally, when I engage and interact from a place of wanting folks to show up as their full selves, I find I get the best of people because they are allowed to just BE.
What’s one thing you love about yourself? Have you always?
I love my personality! I have always been silly and a giggle bunny. I make myself laugh all the time. I love sharing my light through laughter and making people happy. I will say is my expression of my light has not always been welcome in certain spaces, our society does not always appreciate women who are joyful, powerful, and take up space. So, it taken has a long time to come back to little silly Courtney, but best believe she’s back in full effect.
Do you think people can really change?
I do believe people can really change. True education is transformational, you are changed because of it. So yes, absolutely people can change, organizations can change, and entire systems can change with the right education and tools.