Week 4: The Collective Culture of CDAD – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program

Week 4: The Collective Culture of CDAD

Reflecting on the CDAD culture is the most perfect way to sum up how CDAD operates. The organization is compromised of all women of color who serve their members, care for each other, and always lend a helping hand to those who need it. The culture of CDAD promotes a community of care, respect, equity, and diversity. It is a great model of breaking down systemic barriers that say, “women can’t lead” (especially women of color). Because, I’ll be honest- these WOC are leading in a phenomenal way. It makes me feel empowered to be in a space with WOC who welcome uncertainty, and first-time experience like mine. I feel comfortable knowing they promote diversity, in regards to race, and age. The organization is made up of primarily black and brown women, and even college students like myself, and another policy fellow from UMich. I love being apart of an organization that embraces diversity and cares for one another. It models a culture that I want to be apart of for the rest of my future careers.

3 thoughts on “Week 4: The Collective Culture of CDAD”

  1. Gabrielle Lilly

    Hi! Organizations like CDAD are so important for young girls of color to see women who look like them taking on those important roles in society and breaking down barriers. I am so glad you are able to be a part of what seems like such a phenomenal organization. You have made me interested in looking more into the work they do.

  2. Yasmine,
    that sounds like a really great work culture. The feeling of uncertainty is, I think, a very common feeling as an intern but it seems like you have an excellent support system. Being in that welcoming space will definitely allow you to take some risks, learn, and grow through your work experience.

  3. Ataia Templeton

    I am glad that you know what kind of work culture makes you feel so empowered, respected, and valued. (or at least what it looks like) What does the CDAD mean? Also, have you thought about what kinds of businesses or organizations would have this culture or a similar one? You probably have not, but I was just curious if you found the language to say what you are specifically talking about.

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