ABOUT CRA

Pronouns: he/him/his

Name

Courtney RaShad Allen

Email

allencr4@miamioh.edu

  • A native of Dallas, Texas, Mr. Courtney RaShad Allen (CRA) is in the Educational Leadership Ph.D. program at Miami University. His research focuses on the curriculum of hip hop culture, educational leadership, and social justice. CRA is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including: issues of diversity and inclusion, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), career and college readiness to foster youth civic engagement, and Hip Hop education.  
  • Currently, he serves as an educator in the Pleasant Grove community of Dallas county, teaching third and fourth grade math and science. Prior to teaching, CRA served as the instructor for EDL 383 - Service in Urban Communities, a 3 credit course that provided undergraduates the opportunity to mentor high school students in Cincinnati to develop skills necessary for success, including career and college readiness. Additionally, he served as an educator in the Division of Student Affairs for Housing and Residence Life &Student Conduct and Community Standards. 
  • Courtney RaShad attended The University of Texas at San Antonio and Prairie View A&M University for his Masters and Bachelor degrees respectively. Outside of his studies, CRA is a sports enthusiast that enjoys coaching, engaging in sociopolitical activism, and creating hip hop music. Driven by a desire to change the world, CRA aims to educate, energize, and empower others to reconstruct ideas of justice, freedom, hope, peace, and love. 

"I'm not saying I'm gonna rule the world or I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee you that I will spark the brain that will change the world. And that's our job...to spark somebody else watching us. We might not be the one's [to change the world], but let's not be selfish and ...not talk about how we should change it. I don't know how to change it, but I know if I keep talking about how dirty it is out here, somebody's gonna clean it up."

-Tupac Shakur

Top 5 Strengths & Artists

1. Developer

You see the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view no individual is fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. 

4. Relator

Once the initial connection has been made, you deliberately encourage a deepening of the relationship. You want to understand their feelings, their goals, their fears, and their dreams; and you want them to understand yours.

2. Self Assurance

You know that you are able - able to take risks, able to meet new challenges, able to stake claims, and, most important, able to deliver.
 

5. Command

You are not frightened by confrontation; rather, you know that confrontation is the first step toward resolution. Whereas others may avoid facing up to life's unpleasantness, you feel compelled to present the facts or the truth, no matter how unpleasant it may be.

3. Connectedness

Certain of the unity of humankind, you are a bridge builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to the invisible hand, you can give others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum lives.