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Newburyport’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alliance to Host Community Dialogues

by: Madeleine Clement

Newburyport’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alliance to Host Community Dialogues

The City’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Alliance has contracted with Essential Partners to host a
series of three community dialogues. The purpose of the dialogues is to create a safe space where all
voices can be heard.

Dialogue has become a challenge for so many in this current landscape. There can be hesitancy to share
opinions or beliefs, and there is little room given to hear someone with opposing positions. This
environment is counterproductive.

These dialogues were designed in response to the consideration of the naming of the Ruper A. Nock
Middle School after a story was shared about the namesakes’ actions regarding a Black student, and the
presence of the Thin Blue Line flag at the police station.

The purpose of these dialogues is not to come to a solution on either of these issues. Rather, it is to
create a forum where all voices can be heard, and perspectives can be shared in a safe space. The hope
with this model, is that all participants are heard and feel valued. With an increase in compassion and
understanding for our neighbors, we can make Newburyport a place that is safe, welcoming, and
inclusive to all who work, live and play here.

The Newburyport Public Schools have been working with Essential Partners over the past year to
promote constructive dialogue and allow for discussion around difficult and/or polarizing topics. The
City is hoping for a similar outcome with this method.

These dialogues are open to anyone living, working for, or working in the City. Participants must be at
least 14 years old.

We would love to have you join us! Your voice matters. By participating, you will be taking part in
creating an open and welcoming community.

While not mandatory, we are strongly suggesting that participants commit to all three dialogues if they
are able, as they are designed to build off each other. All dialogues will be VIRTUAL, on the following
Tuesday nights from 6 PM – 8 PM.

If you are interested in participating, you need to sign up in advance. You can do so by visiting the DEI
Alliance’s website – www.nbptdeialliance.com

Questions? Please contact Tina Los, DEI Alliance Coordinator at tlos@cityofnewburyport.com or by
phone 978-992-1671.

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