Chair: Vanessa Clarke
Vice-Chair: Delores Reid-Smith
Staff Liaison: Willie Ratchford, Terry Bradley, Mary Williams, Traci Ethridge, Gwenarda Miller
The Education/Young Leaders subcommittee‘s mission is to create a community-wide expectation, beginning with kindergartners, that all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) students will graduate high school with appropriate life skills. Members of the subcommittee develop community relations with area school students, administrators, elected officials, and special interest groups to assist to ensure Charlotte area students have access to the skills necessary to become productive citizens of Charlotte.
Commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. subcommittee coordinates all events relating to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration and celebration in January. Charlotte has one of the country’s largest celebrations with events that have included a parade, arts and writing contests, prayer service, awards banquet, and more.
The Intercultural Relations subcommittee supports the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community as a resource for intercultural communication, information, tools, and strategies that foster a more inclusive environment. Members of the subcommittee are developing a diversity resource handbook, a diversity training tool for cultural awareness, and a community “welcome kit” for internationals that relocate to Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Police Community Relations
The Police Community Relations subcommittee’s mission is to improve relations between citizens and police officers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and to enhance community trust in the process for receiving, investigating, and adjudicating complaints of police misconduct. This subcommittee has been responsible for hosting the Police Community Relations Awards ceremony and reception for more than 30 years. The subcommittee also conducts police hearings and works with the police and community to monitor programs that improve these relationships.
The Programs/Speakers subcommittee is responsible for planning CRC meetings, developing agenda topics, and identifying meeting topics, meeting locations, and speakers.
Ad Hoc Committees
The Ad Hoc committees are formed as required to address community relations through special projects, focus groups, task forces, or other responses as required. CRC Committee members are asked or appointed to serve as appropriate.
The Administrative Support committee is responsible for preparing, typing and distributing monthly meeting minutes, tracking meeting attendance and providing the Committee Chair, County Representative and City Clerk with reports, as well as providing orientation to new committee members.