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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Town of Andover Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Racial Climate Focus Groups

Town of Andover Racial Climate Assessment - Focus Groups


The Town of Andover has opened 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. Confirmations will be sent out for those who register for focus groups.

If you have not had a chance to complete 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

 


Andover's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey 


The Town of Andover is committed to creating a community which embraces inclusiveness and respect for all. 

Our survey; the first step in understanding your experiences related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the Town of Andover is ready. 

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

The survey is anonymous.

The survey can be accessed in English, Spanish or Mandarin. Click the link below to begin!

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

 


December 2, 2020 Update

The Town of Andover is committed to creating a community which embraces inclusiveness and respect for all. 

As a way to ascertain that this commitment is honored, the first step is to assess where we currently stand.  To that end the Town has engaged the services of a consulting firm, VISIONS, Inc., to facilitate and guide an organizational-wide assessment process known as a diversity audit.  

This audit consists of two distinct information gathering avenues: an anonymous survey and a series of face-to-face focus groups with stakeholders. 

By hearing from and listening to the experiences of those who live and/or work in Andover we will, together, understand what needs to be done to make sure our community embraces inclusiveness and respect for all.  

The Town of Andover’s Diversity Survey will be ready for release in the coming days and will be sent out through the town's social media platforms. Please keep an eye out for that link. 

We thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to share your thoughts and experiences with us. We encourage you to forward that link on to your social networks. We want to hear from all who live and/or work in Andover.  

Your voice matters.

We look forward to your participation in this project.  Please look for the link to the anonymous survey in the coming days. 

Thank you in advance for your help and participation.

Please visit www.andoverma.gov/diverse for the latest information. 

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