Courtney is a creative on her worst days and a holistic activist on her best. Having a degree in Politics and Governance, with an Honours in Gender and Transformation with special focus on decolonial education and intersectionality, she can be found anywhere from curating artistic engagements of these issues, to teaching, and pitching ideas to investors in order to address issues that affect the most vulnerable members of society.
With a keen focus on solving problems that affect the intersectional realities of people in her community and the South African community at large, she focuses her writing, research and teaching around radical justice and inclusivity, narratives of healing through unlearning and relearning history and the decolonial imagining of futures, Courtney’s writing, research and creative outputs engages the youth across the spectrum of privilege and disenfranchisement. Having spent a year in Australia as the recipient of the MGS Placement scholarship as an assistant teacher, coach and special needs tutor, she spent time engaging indigenous activism and drawing parallels between our histories and experiences of aboriginal communities, particularly youth groups in Melbourne, Alice Springs and Darwin.
As an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Scholar and Graduate Fellow of the Allan Gray Association, her focus on high impact leadership and entrepreneurially minded innovation is supported and inspired by the incredible network of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and the mentorship she provides young black scholars navigating elite spaces of education in South Africa, particularly in the Eastern and Western Cape. Having worked in the NPO space , focused on upskilling and equipping young people on the Cape Flats with basic computer literacy and activating change through confidence building as a pillar of academic excellence, Courtney integrates intersectional consciousness into every aspect of her work. It’s about going beyond positionality and the matrix of domination through which society functions, and scaffolding narratives through creative outputs that tell authentic, honest stories that center Afrikan plurality, disrupting monolithic ideas of what it means to be a young Afrikan person in the decolonial moment.
Courtney is currently the creative and conceptual resident writer and researcher at the C Institute, where she works closely with multi-disciplinary experienced futurists focused on using design thinking methodology to transform institutions through creative narration and conscious discourse.