NUARI - Needham Unite Against Racism Initiative
The Needham Unite Against Racism Initiative is intended to foster a dialogue about racism in Needham and produce actionable strategies to ensure Needham is a welcoming and inclusive community. Residents are invited to share with Town officials their personal experiences with racism or discrimination in Needham, and their concerns and suggestions for improvement. The Town is making available information about relevant policies and procedures including those relative to policing in Needham. This initiative is intended to be an ongoing effort so that together, Town leadership and residents can craft effective solutions to identified challenges. The Town is committed to ensuring that all residents of Needham are safe and free from racism, discrimination and hate.
A NUARI Working group has been formed to recommend a vision for racial equality in Needham and determine guiding principles for future actions. Members will prioritize areas for improvement including, but not limited to, education, policing, housing and racial and ethnic makeup of Town Boards and Committees. Members will make recommendations to the Select Board. To contact Working Group Members, please email NUARI@needhamma.gov
All NUARI meetings are open to the public and begin at 6:00 pm. Meeting links are on the Meeting Agenda.
MEETINGS, NOTICES, AGENDAS
NUARI Public Comments Spreadsheet from July 21st meeting (PDF)
COMMUNITY INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSION SERIES "CONNECTIONS: COPS AND COMMUNITY"
|Residents and community members are invited to join Town leaders for “Connections: Cops and Community,” a three-part discussion series that will examine policing in Needham and foster greater understanding and dialogue between police and the community. The series will engage participants in conversations around race, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The series includes a discussion on the history of policing, the Needham Police Department’s approach to working with youth and a third session driven by the community, exploring the relationship between law enforcement and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, and discussing issues around policing that are most urgent in the public’s mind. Participants in the first two sessions and community members will be asked to provide feedback on topics of interest to help shape this third session.
Connections: Cops and Community Event Details
History of Policing: Then and Now
Youth & Police Panel Discussion
|You may use this register form. However, if you plan to participate via Zoom, you must register to receive the Zoom link.
List of Initial Recommendations, August 18, 2020 (PDF)
The Needham Police Department is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all those who live, work and visit Needham. In an ongoing effort to respond to community concerns and suggestions around equitable policing and racial justice, the Department has released a response document that will be updated periodically. In addition, the Department has created a dashboard to provide important information and data regarding police interactions with the community. This dashboard will be updated at least annually and is currently being revised.
Equity in the Needham Public Schools (PDF)
Presentation to NUARI Working Group, December 22, 2020
Daniel Gutekanst, Superintendent of Schools
Equity in the Needham Public Schools (REAL COALITION), August 18, 2020 (PDF)
Town of Wellesley DEI Community Workshop March 2023 - A Presentation on the Structures that Underpin Systemic Racism: https://www.wellesleyma.gov/2014/DEI-Community-Workshop
Needham Lived Experiences Project
Needham Lived Experiences Project Survey