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We are excited to be hosting a series of Community Conversations centered around racial equity. These events are designed to engage community members in thoughtful and respectful conversation facilitated by Shawn Newton, a member of the City of Salem Race Equity Task Force. This task force was created by Mayor Kimberly Driscol in June 2020 to assess policies, services, and community systems in Salem and address systematic racial disparity. The results of this survey were made available to the public in July 2021, along with their final report.
“Community Conversations: Understanding Racism and the Journey of the Race Equity Task Force” is designed to be an interactive dialogue with and between community attendees and the presenter. The overarching goal is to enhance awareness of the phenomenon of racism and the methods and techniques to undo it. The first two sessions will be a deep dive on understanding and dismantling racism, while the remaining sessions will focus on the journey of the City of Salem Race Equity Task Force.
These events are free to the public, and while we hope you are able to join us each month, it is not necessary to attend every session.
Monday, March 28, 2022: The Starting Point (Part 1)
Prior to starting the journey of examining race equity in the City of Salem, it was important for the Race Equity Task Force to come to an understanding of what racism is. This month’s interactive dialogue is designed to be part one of a two-part learning experience of understanding the phenomenon of racism and strategies to address it.