Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism

State of the Town - Night 2, November 18, 2020

Night 2 of our Virtual State of the Town was focused on continuing the discussion that began with the roundtables.  

Slides from Night 2 are here:  https://1drv.ms/p/s!AlYG__xKmLfXknVZx0Gcyx2R237L

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Recent events across our nation have reminded us all of our individual and collective responsibilities to speak out against discrimination and racism, to acknowledge the systematic nature of racism and its dire consequences, and to use our influence as citizens and local officials to promote change.  We have heard from a broad spectrum of the community, representing both town government and private organizations, urging coordinated action.  To this end, the Board of Selectmen hosted a series of roundtable discussions this fall to begin a process of community self-examination, the results of which will inform the development of an action plan to help Lincoln become a community that more fully embraces diversity, and one that commits itself to trying to create the conditions that foster it. 

Our purpose in hosting the forums was to build a shared understanding of current policies and practices, and to lay the groundwork for deeper thinking, planning, and action.  At any time, if you have ideas or comments please use the this link to contact us:  selectmen@lincolntown.org

We appreciate that not all community members experience life in Lincoln in the same manner.  We need to listen carefully to those who may have felt alienated in some manner and be willing to be truly reflective about change that may be required to make all residents feel welcome and valued.  To this end, the current process needs to provide an opportunity for individuals and groups to share difficult and sometimes painful personal experiences.  It is vital that we create a safe environment for these discussions. 

Screen Shot 2020-09-01 at 9.37.23 AMRoundtable #1: Policing in Lincoln & the State

Tuesday, September 22nd @ 7:00pm

Panelists:

  • Kevin Kennedy, Chief, Lincoln Police
  • Marian Ryan, Middlesex District Attorney
  • Tim Higgins, Lincoln Town Administrator

Objective:  Understand local and state policing policies and training; understand how the town budget supports public safety and other social services; discuss status of current proposed legislation.  

Link to Slide Deck:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AlYG__xKmLfXkkBl7YrmyXOviFBq

Roundtable #2: What is the Role of Town Government

Thursday, October 15th @ 7:00pm

Panelists Include:  Members of town boards, committees, and departments

Objective:  Understand the jurisdictions of town departments, boards, committees, and of Town Meeting, which would authorize funding or other significant actions. Discuss their roles in addressing issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism.

Link to Roundtable Video:

https://lincolntv.viebit.com/player.php?hash=hCswNgTZ6e9Y

Roundtable #3: What is the Role of Community Groups?

Wednesday, October 21st @ 7:00pm

Panelists Included:  Members of community organizations, cultural institutions & non-profits.   Read panelist bios here!

Objective:  Understand the current work town organizations are doing to address issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism. 

Information from Panelists

Link to Roundtable Video:

https://lincolntv.viebit.com/player.php?hash=woTZ4x5WMcQr