Andover DIVERSE

Andover DIVERSE (Diversity, Inclusion, Values, Respect, Support and Education) is a Division focused on advancing community-driven initiatives and engagement with the goal of building a more inclusive Andover.

The first order of business in this effort was to invest in a Diversity Audit; a process designed to gain an appreciation of the experiences of the Andover community where race, racism, equity, justice and inclusion are concerned.   

To that end, the Town engaged the services of Consultant Richard Pinderhughes of Visions, Inc. and concurrently populated a DIVERSE Working Group of interested community volunteers whom, together, would work to steer this data gathering effort. To date this team has:

  • Crafted and launched a community-wide survey 
  • Designed and launched a series of 24 community focus groups to engage in conversation about racism, equity, justice and inclusion with those wishing to voice their experiences
  • Crafted a proposed structure and mission for a permanent Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion which was successfully enabled by Andover’s Select Board

 2021 Objectives

  • Interview and appoint members of the Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
  • Receive the final report on Andover’s Diversity Audit
  • Chart a course forward to make actionable progress on building a more diverse and inclusive community
  • Assign/adequately resource the Andover DIVERSE Division with the staff support required to ensure sustainable forward momentum 

RESOURCES TO CARE FOR OURSELVES & OTHERS 
 IN COMBATING WHITE SUPREMACY

Information & Guidance

Talking with Young Children

For Allies to the Black Community

News and Events

Pride Parade and Picnic (1)


Farmer Daves










 

DEI Director Albert Pless 

meets with seniors at the Robb Center March 9, 2022


albert and Robb Center

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Please mark your calendar for this upcoming event!

Meet Andover’s New Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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Celebrate Hindu Heritage Month (1)



October 15, 2021

Alphabet Soup: Understanding Gender and Sexuality

  • Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • 7:00 PM  8:30 PM
  • Register for this Zoom presentation using the link below:

LGBTQ+ may seem like alphabet soup to you, but now is your chance to find out more about the individual identities that make up a diverse and complex community. Not sure about what nonbinary is? What is asexual? What are ways to be a supportive straight ally? There are lots of questions and this online event will offer you a great opportunity to find some answers. You’ll hear personal stories from SpeakOUT speakers and have the chance to ask the questions you may not have anyone else to ask.

SpeakOUT Boston has been telling the stories of LGBTQ+ lives for almost 50 years. Since 1972, SpeakOUT has shared personal stories in an engaging way and fostered dialogues within middle and high schools, colleges, businesses, faith communities, nonprofit organizations and more. Join SpeakOUT for an evening of sharing about the LGBTQ+ community in a safe and supportive atmosphere. 

 



September 10, 2021


Commission on DEI shares their Strategic Plan: Tuesday, September 14th, 7:00 pm 

The Town of Andover's Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is looking for your input on their strategic plan. Please join us for this virtual public forum! Here's the link:

 

https://andoverma.gov/882/Diversity-Equity-and-Inclusion-Community




August 30, 2021


Disability-friendly Andover

The town of Andover is looking for your input. 

 

If you or someone you know has a visible or invisible disability, is elderly, struggling with an injury, post-surgery recovery, cancer treatment, or any other temporary or long-term condition that impacts your ability to visit local businesses or access public buildings we want to hear from you!

 

Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey on this subject here:  Accessibility Friendly Survey Link 

 

A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21st at 1:00pm at the Andover Robb Center, 30 Whittier Ct. to share the survey results and  hear about your lived experiences where matters of accessibility/disability are concerned. It is our hope to support local efforts to make Andover as disability friendly as possible. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to Lauren Noonan, Merrimack College Intern at:  noonanlc@merrimack.edu, Nick Barber, Merrimack College Intern at: barbern@merrimack.edu, or Jemma Lambert, Director of Community Services at: Jemma.lambert@andoverma.us

 


August 10, 2021

 

Courageous Conversations: Ready to be Different

Thursday, September 30
7:00pm - 8:30pm

 

Meet Andover's Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and learn about their work.

Courageous Conversations, Andover DIVERSE, the Andover Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Memorial Hall Library invite the community to an online conversation.

  • Meet Andover's Commission on DEI
  • Hear their strategic plan
  • Ask your questions
  • Learn how to get involved (see the information below about working groups being formed)


The Town of Andover recently completed a Diversity Audit to better understand the lived experiences of those who call Andover their home and/or place of work in the interest of working to combat racism and discrimination by supporting programs, initiatives, education, outreach, policies, and institutional change which contribute to an inclusive Andover.

In the hope of making sustained, concrete progress where social justice and equity are concerned, the Town is creating a series of working groups comprised of municipal representatives, Commission on DEI representatives and interested community members who, together, will help make Andover a safe, welcoming and culturally competent community. The Town recognizes this kind of systemic change takes everyone and welcomes interested individuals to consider joining in this most important work.  

The working groups are:

Data Gathering and Citizen Engagement
 Communications/PR
 School Curriculum and Culture
 Diversity in Hiring
 Leadership Development
 Racial Climate and Reporting
 Community Activities

While some of the work undertaken by these working groups will relate to specific strategic directions, the Town anticipates these groups to explore their own unique paths forward long into the future.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Jemma Lambert, Director of Community Services at jemma.lambert@andoverma.us.

About Andover DIVERSE

Andover DIVERSE (Diversity, Inclusion, Values, Respect, Support and Education) is a Town of Andover division under the Department of Community Services, focused on advancing community-driven initiatives and engagement with the goal of building a more inclusive Andover. Read about their community initiatives, including the Diversity Audit and Assessment Report. The Andover Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was created in March 2021 with a charge to combat the realities of racism and intolerance in Andover by supporting programs, initiatives, education, outreach, policies, and institutional change which contribute to an inclusive Andover, a community which embraces tolerance, inclusiveness and respect for all.

 

About Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations Merrimack Valley works to advance and amplify conversations about interpersonal and systemic racism, racial identity and privilege, and antiracism through community reads, films, facilitated conversations, speaker events, and panel discussions.

 


August 9, 2021

Andover DIVERSE 

Seeking Community Participation

 

The Town of Andover recently completed a Diversity Audit to better understand the lived experiences of those who call Andover their home and/or place of work in the interest of working to combat racism and discrimination by supporting programs, initiatives, education,  outreach, policies, and institutional change which contribute to an inclusive Andover.

 

In the hope of making sustained, concrete progress where social justice and equity are concerned the Town is looking to create a series of working groups comprised of municipal representatives, Commission on DEI representatives and interested community members who, together will help make Andover a safe, welcoming and culturally competent community.  We recognize this kind of systemic change takes all of us. We welcome interested individuals to consider joining us in this most important work.  

 

The working groups are:

  • Data Gathering and Citizen Engagement
  • Communications/PR
  • School Curriculum and Culture
  • Diversity in Hiring
  • Leadership Development
  • Racial Climate and Reporting
  • Community Activities

 

While some of the work undertaken by these working groups will relate to specific strategic directions, we anticipate these groups to explore their own unique paths forward long into the future.

 

We welcome you to express your interest in joining one of these groups and encourage you to send this message along to your circles and via your preferred social network platforms. 

 

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Jemma Lambert, Director of Community Services at jemma.lambert@andoverma.us

 





July 21, 2021 

Women’s Intercultural Sharing Club

This group gathers weekly to share and discuss different cultures, their backgrounds and their identity with the explicit goal of empowering women through the creation of a safe space to connect with others.   

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July 15, 2021 

 

Earlier this week, a North Andover resident received a threatening anti-Semitic and homophobic message at their home. Sadly, this was the second reported incident of harassment in the town over the last month. These incidents of hatred are happening with more frequency, especially closer to home. 


Andover's Commission on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion stands with our North Andover neighbors in condemning these actions and the hatred behind them. We remain committed to partnering with communities across the Merrimack Valley to help create safe spaces in our neighborhoods that are free from hatred, racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia. Praise to the North Andover Police Department for investigating this incident as a hate crime. 


JULY 12, 2021




Due to weather conditions Israeli night will be held tomorrow, Tuesday July 13th. Join us on the Common!

Andover Town Commons, Bartlet Street

Free and open to all.

Bring a chair, blankets for a fun family night!

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June 30, 2021

 

Andover Commission on DEI

Public Statement

 

On June 28th - at the Black and Brown Owned Outdoor Market’s first summer event in Haverhill - attendees witnessed three openly armed men placing stickers of the flag of the Patriot Front, a white supremacist group, on cars in the parking lot. There is little doubt that these cowardly actions were intended to intimidate all in attendance.

 

The actions of this hate group are repugnant. We condemn their shameless tactics and their hatred. 

 

Andover’s Commission on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion fully supports Merrimack Valley Black and Brown Voices and will partner with community organizations to help create safe spaces that are free from hatred and racism.  




Town of Andover launches 

Monday Nights on the Common:

Celebrating our Cultures

 

 

The public is invited to join friends and neighbors for a new Monday Nights on the Common series Celebrating our Cultures. The events are free and open to the public.

 

Organized by the Town of Andover’s Community Services Department and a working group of volunteers, the series brought together many community members who were interested in putting together an evening of arts, culture and celebration with the express intent of highlighting the many different cultures in our community. 

 

Monday Nights, 7:00 pm. Rain date Tuesday night

Andover Town Commons, Bartlet Street

Free and open to all.

Bring a chair, blankets for a fun family night!

 

This summer’s events include:

 

Monday, June 28th 7:00 pm 

An educator’s perspective on the Strength of our Differences 

Movie: Monster’s University

Activity: Free printable Monster’s U activity sheets at: momendeavors.com

 

Monday, July 12, 7:00 pm

Celebrating Israeli Culture

Movie: Operation Egg

Activities: Games and activities for kids and adults with the Israeli Scouts

Food: Bonapita Mediterranean Restaurant will deliver your pre-ordered food. Visit Bonapita.com

 

Monday, July 19, 7:00 pm

Indian Night: A Glimpse of our Culture

Movie: Dangal

Activity: Henna Art 

 

Monday, July 26, 7:00 pm

Celebrating Chinese Culture

Movie: Monster Hunt

Activities: Chinese Zither, GongFu demonstration, jump rope performance, calligraphy and paper cutting activities and traditional Chinese games.

Karma Andover will deliver your pre-ordered food to you on the common. Visit karmaandover.com

 

Contact: Jemma Lambert; Jemma.lambert@andoverma.us   978.623.8312. 



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April 30, 2021

The final report of Andover’s Diversity Audit is complete and available for the public’s review. Please see the link in the blue box at the top-left of this page. 

 

The report findings and recommendations will be presented to the Select Board by its Author, Rick Pinderhughes of Visions Consulting this coming Monday evening, May 3rd at 7:00 PM. This presentation can be viewed on Andover TV (Comcast channel 22, Verizon channel 45) and live streamed via Andovertv.org.


The report will be presented to the community at an upcoming Community Forum. More information on that event to follow.

 

The Town of Andover would like to thank and recognize the following citizen volunteers for their unwavering commitment to seeing the Diversity Audit through to completion over these many months:

 

Mary Pritchard

Dana Allen Walsh

Nicki Wiggins

Elizabeth Walther-Grant

Jorge Allen

 

The newly formed Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will now begin their work on these most important matters.

 

Thanks to all who took the time to share their experiences, opinions and thoughts with the Town. Your voices have been heard.

 

Regards,

 

Jemma Lambert, Director

Andover Community Services     

 

  


April 14, 2021


Wednesday, April 14th Courageous Conversations welcomes the team from UTEC to talk about their program of positive justice in the Merrimack Valley.  This will be our fourth event in the "In Search of Justice" series.  

 

Following on Wed., April 28, Courageous Conversations will host a conversation reflecting on what we have learned led by Jean Trounstine.  This evening is for those who have attended at least one of the events in this series.   

 

On Wed., May 12, Courageous conversations will co-sponsor with the Social Justice Coalition of South Church and evening called Parole 101: The Massachusetts Parole System and Why it Needs to Change.

 

Wednesday, April 14 @ 7:00 p.m.: "What Positive Justice Looks Like" Panel Discussion with UTEC Executive Director, Gregg Croteau and members of the UTEC program in Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill

 

UTEC's team will join us to discuss their nationally recognized model which begins with intensive street outreach, correctional facility in-reach, and gang peacemaking, engaging our most disconnected young adults by meeting them “where they’re at.” 

 

 Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 7:00pm

The Winter/Spring Courageous Conversations series, In Search of Justice, has focused on race and the criminal legal system. If you attended any or all of the events, you had an opportunity to hear powerful stories from people with life experience which may be very different from your own. You also heard about practices and policies which may have upset you, surprised you, or merely been new to your way of thinking.

This event is an opportunity for you to reflect on what you heard and to share your thoughts in a small group setting in conversation with others. Educator and author Jean Trounstine will facilitate. Jean may ask some questions to get the conversation started. For example, what is an assumption you had before you came to one of the events that was challenged by a moment, experience, or voice in that event? How do you reflect on this assumption now?

There are 20 spaces and registration is limited to those who have attended a Courageous Conversations event in this series. This event will be a Zoom meeting. We would like everyone to be on camera as this will be an interactive conversation.

Registrants will receive the Zoom link the day before the event.

This program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Courageous Conversations.


Courageous Conversations: Parole 101: The Massachusetts Parole System And Why It Needs To Change

https://mhl.org/adult-program/2021/courageous-conversations-parole-101-massachusetts-parole-system-and-why-it-needs

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 7:00pm

An event designed to raise awareness about parole and change hearts and minds about the importance/difficulties of parole in Massachusetts. Panelists include two formerly incarcerated people on parole, Representative Liz Miranda who has filed several parole bills for 2021-22, Attorney Patricia Garin, one of the foremost parole experts in Massachusetts, and moderator Jean Trounstine, professor, writer and activist who has written extensively about parole.

A collaboration of Courageous Conversations, Memorial Hall Library and the Social Justice Coalition of South Church. 



March 30, 2021

 

This week Andover WECAN: Working to Educate for Climate Action Now begins its first program in our three part "Beyond the Bin"  virtual series on recycling, food waste/composting, and trash in our community.  This series is presented in partnership with Memorial Hall Library.

 

Thursday, April 1 @ 7:00 p.m.: Is Recycling Still Alive? Neil Rhein, Keep Massachusetts Beautiful with Sandra Gerraughty and Rachel Ciaramitaro, Andover DPW

Are you confused about what goes in your trash bin and what goes in your recycling bin? You’re not alone! This evening's speakers will talk about what really happens to our trash and recyclables here in Andover and how trash and recycling are managed in Massachusetts. Learn how to make informed decisions about your own personal habits. Learn ways to reduce the amount of trash you generate, improve your recycling habits, and make small changes to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. 

For more information and link to register for all three events, please visit:

https://andoverwecan.org/events

Upcoming programs in the series:

Thursday, April 15 @ 7:00 p.m. - Andover WECAN Beyond the Bin: Don't Throw Your Spaghetti in the Fireplace - presentation by Julia Greene, MA DEP with Sandra Gerraughty and Rachel Ciaramitaro, Andover DPW

Thursday, April 29 @ 7:00 p.m. - Andover WECAN Beyond the Bin: Trash - Can We Do Better?  - presentation by Waneta Trabert, VP MassRecyle



March 23, 2021


Andover Diverse sends our support and condolences to our Asian and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) neighbors, friends, and community members affected by the horrific acts of violence to their communities. The eight murders in Atlanta, Georgia, six of which were perpetrated against Asian-American women leave us heartbroken and sad. 


We acknowledge the AAPI community has experienced heightened racism and violence throughout the pandemic. Sadly, hatred and discrimination against Asian Americans is nothing new in our country - whether it is a history of immigration laws and internment camps or stereotypical depictions or name-calling and slurs; we must work harder to learn about the experiences of our AAPI community members and fight together for social change. 


10 March, 2021


Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

 

Andover’s Select Board unanimously approved the creation of a permanent Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion whose charge is to combat the realities of racism and intolerance in Andover by supporting programs, initiatives, education, outreach policies and institutional change which contribute to an inclusive Andover; a community which embraces tolerance, inclusiveness and respect for all.    

 

It is recognized that actions perceived by many in Andover as racist, whether intentional or not, harm people of color in our community and cause many to feel unsafe, intimidated or threatened. Each injury is unacceptable. 

 

This work is ongoing. Together, Town leadership and residents will craft effective solutions to identified challenges. The Town is committed to ensuring that all residents of Andover are safe and free from racism, discrimination and hate.

     

Some 50 applications were received; a record for the Town and a testament to the commitment to and interest in these important matters. Two rounds of interviews were conducted in recent weeks, with the following Town Manager appointments confirmed by the Select Board:     

 

Members At Large

Wael Kamal

Basenal Dessin

Kavita Goyal

Sandis Wright

Shishan Wang

Lisa Cascio

 

Student Representatives

Jack Glavin

Peyton Levental

Olivia Lu-Alba

 

Clergy Representatives

Rev. Dana Allen Walsh

Rabbi Howard Mandell

 

APS Representative

Jorge Allen

 

Phillips Academy Representative

Monica Reum

 

APD Representative

Lt. Frank Fitzpatrick

 

At Large Alternative Members

George Nugent

Rajiv Chopra

 

Select Board Representative

Laura Gregory

 

School Committee Representative

TBD

 

Staff Liaison

Jemma Lambert, Director, Community Services

 

The Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will hold its first meeting on March 23rd, a virtual session that will be re-broadcast on Andover TV. 

 


February 3, 2021

Courageous Conversations: The Injustice of This Moment is Not an Aberration

 Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

From mass incarceration to mass deportation, our nation remains in deep denial." -- Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Stacy Seward, Executive Director of The Dream Networkin Lawrence will facilitate a virtual conversation based on Michelle Alexander's compelling 2013 talk which addresses the issue of mass incarceration - The future of race in America: Michelle Alexander at TEDxColumbus. Attendees are encouraged to watch Alexander's talk ahead of time. Hosted by Courageous Conversations, in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library and Haverhill Public Library. Alexander's January 17, 2020 opinion piece in The New York Times revisits the issues she raised in 2010 with The New Jim Crow and in 2013 at TEDxColumbus.

About the facilitator: Stacy Seward (she, her, hers) holds a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Psychology and Counseling from UNC Chapel Hill.  She has also earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Counselor Education and is an experienced clinician and instructor. Stacy has earned a mediation certificate and is a diversity professional whose practice centers around the social and psychological dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). In 2018, Stacy was elected to the Lawrence School Committee and spent her time there advocating for educational and racial equity for LPS students. She has consulted with multiple schools and  non-profit organizations assisting them with DE&I initiatives leading to institutional shifts.  Stacy provides equity centered technical assistance for Department of Justice grantees in programs across the nation, while helping connect systemic racism, incarceration, and reentry to root cause factors. Finally, Stacy is the Executive Director of The Dream Network in Lawrence Massachusetts. Her role is to use growth mindset ideology to impact racial, social, economic, educational, and environmental justice movements in her community.

Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness — the bestselling book that helped to transform the national debate on racial and criminal justice in the United States. Since The New Jim Crow was first published in 2010, it has spent nearly 250 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and has been cited in judicial decisions and adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads, and has inspired a generation of racial justice activists motivated by Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.”

Over the years, Alexander has taught at a number of universities, including Stanford Law School, where she was an associate professor of law and directed the Civil Rights Clinic. In 2005, Alexander won a Soros Justice Fellowship that supported the writing of The New Jim Crow and accepted a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Currently she is a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times.

January 27, 2021


Andover's Commission on Disability Celebrates its 25th Anniversary


The Town of Andover has benefitted from the skills, energy and talents of the members of the Commission on Disability for 2 1/2 decades. Check out the accomplishments of the commission here:


25th Anniversary Newsletter 


January 26, 2021


Share your stories and perspectives about the racial climate in Andover.

  

In response to requests from community members the Town of Andover has re-scheduled the focus group for members of Merrimac Valley Black and Brown Voices.  We welcome you to register and share your experiences with us.

 

This virtual conversation will be facilitated by VISIONS, Inc., Andover’s consulting partner in this important work. These focus groups will provide an opportunity for those that wish to speak to be heard. 


The process is designed to collect information about the racial climate in Andover, including strengths, challenges and desired outcomes as well as to provide a chance for participants to share their experiences, interpersonally, institutionally and culturally in and around these critical matters.

The focus group will have a limited number of slots for the 50-minute sessions, so please register early if you’d like to participate!  

The focus group is confidential and any/all notes taken during the session will be anonymous. Only registered participants and the facilitator will be present for this 50 minute virtual session.

 We will send out confirmations to those registered for the groups.

 If you have not had a chance to fill out the online survey yet, please do so here:

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Andover_asst_2020

 

FOCUS GROUP SIGN-UP LINK

 

Merrimac Valley Black and Brown Voices, Wednesday, February 10th, 6:00 pm

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bSYhd9OEyQ_tOagobRD05tv8bZYYSf9I0QPZEceT_NE/edit



January 21, 2021

NEW Focus Groups 

In response to requests from community members the Town of Andover has added three new focus groups to the Town's Diversity Audit; Youth of Color, White Youth and Multiracial families. We welcome you to register and share your experiences with us.


This series of virtual conversations will be facilitated by VISIONS, Inc., Andover’s consulting partner in this important work. These focus groups will provide an opportunity for those that wish to speak to be heard. 

The process is designed to collect information about the racial climate in Andover, including strengths, challenges and desired outcomes as well as to provide a chance for participants to share their experiences, interpersonally, institutionally and culturally in and around these critical matters.

The focus groups will have a limited number of slots for the 50-minute sessions, so please register early if you’d like to participate!  

The focus groups will consist of several demographics salient to the Andover community. Please sign up as early as possible in order to be able to participate in a group. 

 PLEASE SIGN UP FOR ONE GROUP ONLY.

 We will send out confirmations to those registered for the groups.

 If you have not had a chance to fill out the online survey yet, please do so here:

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Andover_asst_2020

FOCUS GROUP LINKS

Please sign up for the group that you feel best represents you:


Youth of Color focus group, February 8th, 5:00 pm: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hSogj_mUX5LvJ-XWOOa5ZEZgSowxEwBK2c8i6t1x4Ec/edit

 

White youth focus group, February 8th, 5:00 pm: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gipl3WbIUNiW6iynUJ5LYk_qCNsxNGTWjKsM5SZ_G1A/edit

                                   

Multiracial family member focus group, February 9th, 6:00 pm: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1v6t3aHGq1bVcOvJpOz-PcULJJ2-PAzgkyJe7hQnrgkg/edit


 




January 5, 2021

Focus Group Registrations Are Open

The Town of Andover is now opening registration for the second step of the Town’s Diversity Audit: Community Focus Groups. 

 

Scheduled to take place during the month of January, this series of virtual conversations will be facilitated by VISIONS, Inc., Andover’s consulting partner in this important work. These focus groups will provide an opportunity for those that wish to speak to be heard. 

 

The process is designed to collect information about the racial climate in Andover, including strengths, challenges and desired outcomes as well as to provide a chance for participants to share their experiences, interpersonally, institutionally and culturally in and around these critical matters.

 

The focus groups will have a limited number of slots for the 50-minute sessions, so please register early if you’d like to participate!  

 

The focus groups will consist of several demographics salient to the Andover community. Please sign up as early as possible in order to be able to participate in a group. 

 

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR ONE GROUP ONLY.

 

We will send out confirmations to those registered for the groups.

 

If you have not had a chance to fill out the online survey yet, please do so here:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Andover_asst_2020

  

FOCUS GROUP LINKS

Please sign up for the group that you feel best represents you:

  

Chinese – January 26, 2021, 6:00 pm:

Chinese focus group - men

Chinese focus group - Women

 

Pan Asian – January 27, 2021, 6:00 pm:

Pan Asian focus group - Men

Pan Asian focus group - Women

 

Black – African American – January 26, 2021, 6:00 pm: 

Black - African American focus group - Men

Black - African American focus group - Women

 

Black – African Immigrant – January 25, 2021, 6pm: 

Black - African Immigrant focus group - Men

Black - African Immigrant focus group - Women

 

White – January 26, 2021, 6:00 pm:

White focus group - Men

White focus group - Women

 

Hispanic – January 28, 2021, 6:00 pm:

Hispanic focus group - Men

Hispanic focus group - Women

 

Youth – January 25, 2021, 5:00 pm:

Youth focus group -- Young men

Youth focus group -- Young Women

 

Phillips Academy employees January 27, 2021, 5:00 pm:

Phillips Academy faculty, staff -- People of Color

Phillips Academy faculty, staff -- White

 

Andover Clergy January 26, 2021, 4:00 pm: 

Clergy focus group

 

MVB+BV – January 19, 2021, 6:00 pm: 

Merrimack Valley Black & Brown Voices focus group

 

The Diversity Audit Survey remains open. If you’ve not yet had an opportunity to complete that survey please do so here: 

                             https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Andover_asst_2020

We thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to share your thoughts and experiences with us. We encourage you to forward the link on to your social networks.


January 4, 2021

Town of Andover Seeks Members for Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The Town of Andover is seeking Andover community members interested in serving on the newly created Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

 

The charge and structure of the Commission is as follows:

 

Andover’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will work to combat the realities of racism and intolerance in Andover by supporting programs, initiatives, education, outreach, policies, and institutional change which contribute to an inclusive Andover; a community which embraces tolerance, inclusiveness and respect for all.     

 

Andover’s Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will consist of 13 appointed members, each appointed by the Town Manager for three (3) year terms. 

 

Appointments to the commission will be made with an eye to diversity to ensure historically marginalized communities have a seat at the table. 

 

The Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will consist, at a minimum, of the following representatives:

 

5 individuals who live and/or work in Andover

3 Clergy representatives

2 Youth representatives

1 Andover High School staff representative

1 Philips Academy representative

1 Andover Police Department representative

1 Andover Select Board member liaison

1 Andover School Committee member liaison

 

If you are interested in serving, complete a Talent Bank Form by visiting www.andoverma.gov/volunteer.

 

For any questions about the Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, please contact Jemma Lambert, Director of Community Services at Jemma.Lambert@andoverma.us or by phone at (978) 623-8312.

 


End of 2020 Update

Andover Diversity Audit: Update 

The Town of Andover is committed to creating a community which embraces inclusiveness and respect for all. By hearing from and listening to the experiences of those who live and/or work in Andover we will, together, create a path forward. 

Focus Groups

The Town of Andover will soon open registration for the second step of the Town’s Diversity Audit: Community Focus Groups.

Scheduled to take place during the month of January, a series of virtual conversations will be facilitated by VISIONS, Inc., Andover’s consulting partner in this important work. These focus groups will provide an opportunity for those that wish to speak to be heard. 

The process is designed to collect information about the racial climate in Andover, including strengths, challenges and desired outcomes as well as to provide a chance for participants to share their experiences, interpersonally, institutionally and culturally in and around these critical matters.

The focus groups will have a limited number of slots for the 50-minute sessions, so please register early if you’d like to participate. 

Keep an eye out for the Focus Group registration link in the next week or so!

On-line Survey

The Diversity Audit Survey remains open. If you’ve not yet had an opportunity to complete that survey please do so here: 

                             https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Andover_asst_2020

We thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to share your thoughts and experiences with us. We encourage you to forward the link on to your social networks.

The survey is anonymous.

The survey can be accessed in English, Spanish or Mandarin.