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Posted on: July 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Council on Race and Equity Listening Session #1 - VOD

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Please join the New Castle Council on Race & Equity (CRE) for a session 2, Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30 PM covering topics below.

Register: Tuesday July 7th, 6:30PM -

TOPIC 1: Housing & Planning 

Evaluation of current housing and planning policies and projects to determine if and how they should be revised to meet the CRE goals of promoting racial equity, inclusion and harmony. Creation of CRE guidelines for assessment of future projects 

Questions to consider: 

  • What factors regarding racial equity and inclusion should be applied when considering proposed residential and commercial projects for approval? 
  • Can our current zoning laws or other housing and planning policies be improved upon to support BIPOC residents and encourage diversity? 
  • Does the Town currently foster or discourage integration? 
  • How can we better promote community integration in New Castle?

TOPIC 2: Community Outreach 

Establish effective ways to welcome, integrate and support new residents/families of New Castle from all racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds 

Questions to consider: 

  • How can we properly welcome ALL new families to make sure they feel embraced in our community? 
  • When your family moved to Chappaqua, how were you welcomed into the community? 
  • What do you feel was missing from/offputting within the welcome efforts? 
  • What resources/supports were most helpful to you in your transition to the community? What resources/supports would you have liked to see offered? 
  • What is the best way to know about/ reach people in the community who might be struggling with this? 
  • Are there any BIPOC-specific welcome initiatives we should be considering?

TOPIC 3: Town Administration 

Review of current policies and establishment of new policies to (1) promote diversity and inclusion at the town administration level and (2) encourage BIPOC resident participation in civic activities 

Questions to consider: 

  • If you are familiar with diversity initiatives implemented in your place of business, what are they and which do you believe have been most effective and why? How has success been measured? 
  • What are the barriers that keep residents from participating in civic activities? 
  • What personal and professional actions do you think our Town Administration and leaders can undertake to demonstrate their commitment to inclusion? 
  • How can the town administration demonstrate support for victims of bias incidents? 
  • What practices can be employed to attract and retain qualified and diverse talent to serve on our town board and as administrative appointments?

TOPIC 4: Communications 

Implement effective means of communicating (1) within the community using inclusive and anti-racist language and ideals; (2) externally about New Castle’s commitment to racial equity; and (3) generally about CRE initiatives and accomplishments 

Questions to consider: 

  • Do you find town newsletters and communications to be inclusive of our entire community, both in content and wording? 
  • Do you think that Chappaqua should make its BIPOC related history more visible around town? 
  • How would you prefer to be kept informed regarding the progress of the CRE initiative? 
  • Would you be interested in helping to educate your neighbors about the CRE? 
  • What indicators will give you a sense that our community is making on progress on the right changes? 

Tuesday July 7th, 6:30PM -

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