Community Note: Somerville’s “Equity & Inclusion Conversation Series” Continues 12/14


Join the City of Somerville for the next conversation in our continuing Equity and Inclusion Conversation Series, with a conversation focused on LGBTQ issues.


Hosted by Betsy Allen, Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the City of Somerville’s Department of Health and Human Services, the December 14, 2016, conversation will be moderated by:


o Devan Foster, Somerville Human Rights Commission

o Kaisy Rosario, City of Somerville’s LGBTQ Liaison

o Jonathan Aguilar, Somerville Teen Empowerment

o Courtney O’Keefe, former member of the Somerville Board of Aldermen


Since the conclusion of the 2016 election season, we’ve heard from a number of residents in our LGBTQ community of the widespread fear, concern and, at times, intimidation that they are experiencing. This conversation is intended to raise awareness of the issues, to outline support services, to discuss strategies for moving forward and to continue to foster a sense of unity and solidarity with every resident in the City of Somerville.


The City of Somerville’s conversation series was re-instated in Fall 2015 to discuss issues surrounding race and racism, nationally and locally. The series is sponsored by the City’s Health and Human Services Department.


For more information, contact Betsy Allen at 617-625-6600 ext. 2323.


Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Betsy Allen, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or
Please note that this event is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, at 6 p.m, in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall.


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