NUARI Charge & Membership

COMMITTEE CHARGE

The Needham Unite Against Racism Working Group is charged with: 

  1. Articulating a recommended vision for racial equity in Needham and guiding principles that will inform future actions. 
  2. Establishing protocols and practices for getting community feedback, with a specific focus on engaging Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and others who have been marginalized due to their race or ethnicity. Strategies should be identified to keep Needham’s racial equity work informed by BIPOC input but owned by Town leadership and the broader community. 
  3. Setting up communication structures to ensure the sustainability and accountability of the Initiative. 
  4. Discussing and prioritizing other recommendations that have been submitted to the Select Board. 
  5. Making recommendation to the Select Board about future action.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

1. Marianne Cooley, Select Board Member
2. Matthew Borrelli, Select Board Vice Chair
3. Sue Neckes, School Committee
4. Jen Howard, Needham Human Rights Committee
5. Marcus Nelson, Needham Human Rights Committee
6. Jay Spencer, owner, French Press
7. Ramin Abrashamin, Member Needham Clergy Association
8. Vivian Hsu, Resident
9. Dennis Zhang, Resident
10. Natasha Espada, Resident
11. Dr. Olutoyin Fayemi, Resident
12. Oluwatoni Ajayi, Recent NHS graduate