Ashland Racial Equity Group is hosting focus groups June 1-5 – Framingham SOURCE


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ASHLAND – Over the past year, the City of Ashland, through its Racial Equity Steering Group, has made a commitment to better understand the perspectives and experiences of people of color in our community.

In an effort to systematically collect this important information and data, the Racial Equity Steering Group contracted with the Institute for Public Service at the University of Suffolk to conduct focus groups and surveys.

The steering group hopes that the community will participate and share their experiences, perspectives and ideas.

These focus groups will provide the City with an opportunity to improve its multicultural skills and better understand the equity and racial issues facing our community.

Join a discussion group:

Tuesday June 1st at the Corner Spot in Ashland located at 6 Cherry Street from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday June 2sd virtually 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday June 3rd virtually from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., from 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. or from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

saturday 5 junee at the Corner Spot in Ashland from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or from 11 a.m. to noon

If you plan to attend a virtual or in-person focus group, REGISTER HERE

These focus groups will serve as a vital first step in gaining that vital community perspective. The information and data obtained will help shape and create the framework for an action plan to address issues and dismantle potential areas of systemic racism within the community.

Speaking to the Steering Group in August 2020, Managing Director Michael Herbert said: “In light of the recent murder of George Floyd and the global response to it, I thought he was over important than ever to understand people’s perceptions of the city. of color and how we can do a better job of creating an inclusive community for all.

The Racial Equity Steering Group is made up of City Manager Michael Herbert, Deputy City Manager Jennifer Ball and community members Rabbi Eric Gurvis, Makeda Keegan and KG Naryana.

If you are unable to attend the scheduled focus groups but would like to participate or would be willing to host a group chat, please contact Jennifer Ball, [email protected]


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