Khatib A.F. Waheed
Khatib AF Waheed in RELE Session
Khatib AF Waheed answers questions
In June 2011, Khatib A.F. Waheed initiated Racial Equity Learning Exchange Sessions℠ (RELE) nationally as a consultant, trainer and facilitator to support various judicial circuits, criminal justice systems, child welfare jurisdictions, law enforcement, mental health agencies, state agencies and large organizations across the country who work to improve services and outcomes for children and families of color involved with juvenile justice and the welfare system.
When not conducting Racial Equity Learning Exchange Sessions ℠ (RELE) Khatib works daily to achieve racial equity through systemic reform and specific community building efforts. Over the past several years Khatib has been providing staff and resource oversight in four St. Louis Public Full-Service schools which provide counseling, therapeutic and other social service supports to students and their families who are adversely impacted by trauma, toxic stress, poverty and structural racism.
More recently, Khatib also began working with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office to engage citizen participation, restore accountability and public trust, further advance harm reduction initiatives and achieve equity in the criminal justice system outcomes.
Prior to his national work as Presenter/Facilitator of Racial Equity Learning Exchange Sessions℠ (RELE), Waheed served for eight years as a Senior Fellow for the Center for the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) in Washington, DC.
From 2001-2003, Khatib worked as Senior Associate for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative which focused on improving opportunities and outcomes for youths transitioning from foster care to adulthood. He also served as Senior Associate for the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Initiatives from 1999 to 2001. While working at Aspen Khatib helped to develop “frameworks” for analyzing how structural and institutional racism and implicit bias have helped to perpetuate long term disadvantages for African American children, families and communities.
He also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services where he helped to reduce a coalition to help reduce youth violence, drug trafficking and teen pregnancy in the City of St. Louis.
Khatib is chiefly known as the co-architect and founder of Walbridge Caring Communities Program that expanded and evolved into the St. Louis Caring Communities Programs. The Walbridge Caring Communities Program (WCCP), was a public-private partnership created in 1989 after receiving support and funding from the Danforth Foundation and Missouri Departments of Mental Health, Social Services, Education and Health. The WCCP model evolved into a $6.5 million multiservice program serving children, families and communities across twenty program sites in St. Louis city; the program was replicated to over 100 Caring Communities programs throughout the state of Missouri.
Khatib holds a M. Ed from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a B.A. in History and Political Science from Webster University. Over a 40-year span, he has received innumerable awards, recognitions and accolades for his service to children, families and his work in community empowerment, social justice and racial equity