My name is Jocelyn Williams and I am the new Community Organizer for Grassroots Community Development East Waco Community. I am a native of Columbia, Maryland and came to live and love Waco by way of marriage to a native Wacoan in 2017! My educational background is in music performance and education. Flute is my primary instrument, but I have always had a passion and interest for all types of music. I have taught general music, instruments music and handbells for 20 years on the east coast, primarily in the DC, Maryland and Virginia areas. My music experiences have afforded me the opportunity to share my talents with people from all across the country and the world. My other passion lies in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work, especially within the school system. I grew up in a small community in Jessup, Maryland, and as a young girl, I watched my mother and father lead by example, being agents of change, by participating in their local neighborhood associations, school PTA’s and church outreach groups. They instilled in me the zeal to work in building community and getting to know those in my community to explore and celebrate the richness that we all bring to the table. That passion continued into my years in education, as I committed myself to doing that work within my school. That led me to become a Diversity and Inclusion Director. Through this role, I had the opportunity to engage students, parents and staff, as well as the greater community, in conversations, facilitating seminars and workshops, and developing activities that embody the true essence of Diversity and Inclusion. That passion and work is what drew me to the position of Community Organizer for Grassroots Community Development. From the Family Engagement meetings, to the Grassroots Leadership Training, to the Neighborhood Association Events, as well as other outreach and community efforts, Grassroots is helping to develop and secure a pathway for community building, participation and communication that lead to a stronger and welcoming environment for all. I look forward to meeting you and learning about East Waco and how I can be a part of continuing this work.

submitted by: Josh Caballero