Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism

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 will be hosting 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 is to build a shared understanding of current policies and practices, and to lay the groundwork for deeper thinking, planning, and action.  We invite your input in shaping the content! Please use the this link to submit questions & ideas in advance:  selectmen@lincolntown.org

Deadlines to submit questions:

  • Roundtable #1:  September 18th (Roundtable is on September 22nd)
  • Roundtable #2:  October 2nd (Roundtable is on October 7th)
  • Roundtable #3:  October 16th (Roundtable is on October 21st)

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. One goal the roundtable series is  to elicit feedback and suggestions on a number of topics, including thoughts about how to structure these difficult conversations.

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

Tuesday, September 22nd @ 7:00pm

Panelists Include:

  • 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.  

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

Roundtable #2: What is the Role of Town Government

Wednesday, October 7th @ 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.

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

Wednesday, October 21st @ 7:00pm

Panelists Include:  Members of community organizations, cultural institutions & non-profits

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

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