Description: This event is free to MAPD Members only!
Don’t miss the April 1, 2022 Lunch n Learn!
“Racial Justice in Municipal Government” is a 1.5-hour program focused on examining municipal policies related to housing, transportation, and finance, through a critical racial justice lens.
Our speaker will be Dr. Raul Fernandez. Dr. Fernandez is a Lecturer and former Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development where he studies, writes, and teaches about inequities in education. He is also an appointee to the Racial Imbalance Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and was recently named a Public Impact Scholar by the Initiative on Cities. Dr. Fernandez is also a member of Brookline Select Board – the first Latinx person elected to that position. He currently serves as vice chair of the Select Board as well as chair of Brookline’s Small Business Development Committee, which he founded. He also led the successful efforts to create a working group designed to better support the Brookline Housing Authority and its residents, a Racial Equity Advancement Fund, and a task force focused on reimagining public safety.
Throughout this session, participants will learn how racial justice intersects with these issues and will develop a firm understanding of their responsibility as municipal leaders to center communities of color in their policymaking. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn from each other by sharing their own experiences, successes, and missteps. The sessions also will explore the deep systemic inequities related to how communities have been built, connected, resourced, and governed while exploring opportunities to meaningfully address these racial dipartites through community-engaged policymaking.
This program will consist of a one-hour presentation including a 30-minute question and answer session and will provide 1.5 AICP Social Justice and Equity CE credits. This event is FREE for MAPD members! $20 for guests.
Registration fee: $0-20