BRIDGES FACILITATION TEAM WILL BEGIN HOSTING COMMUNITY CIRCLES STARTING THIS THURSDAY FOR CAMBRIDGE CSD
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THESE CIRCLES ARE PRIVATE AND MEDIA/PRESS IS NOT ALLOWED TO OBSERVE OR PARTICIPATE. ANY INQUIRIES BY THE PRESS/MEDIA SHOULD EMAIL PETER ARVO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridges, the firm retained by the Cambridge Central School District to facilitate discussions related to the potential change to the district’s Native American imagery and name, will begin the first of several virtual “community circles” - or discussion forums - on Thursday, May 13.
The Bridges team will host four days of “community circles” with three sessions at three different times during the day.
- Thursday, May 13: 9 to 11 a.m.; 1 to 4 p.m. and (reserved for training) 5 to 8 p.m.
- Friday, May 14: 9 to 11 a.m.; 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, May 15: 9 to 11 a.m.; 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, May 16: 9 to 11 a.m.; 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
This Thursday evening, May 13th, the Bridges team will be training community members as co-facilitators. Those interested in serving as a co-facilitator can also sign up at the same link below, but must sign up for one Thursday day session before attending the Thursday night training session.
Those interested can register for as many sessions as they would like at this address: https://doodle.com/poll/vrnrr87tqupazwhh?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link
Bridges, which hosted an introductory forum that drew nearly 100 participants on May 6, have conducted dozens of interviews with people from all sides of the mascot discussion.
“We are hearing an overwhelming desire from all sides for genuine and open conversations where people from all perspectives can safely share, listen, and learn with one another,” said Peter Arvo of Bridges. “We strongly encourage you to participate in these circles, and to invite any family or friends who feel affected by this issue to participate as well.”
Duke Fisher, the Bridges team leader added that the goal is to foster a more unified community in the short- and long-term. They will be training local community leaders to co-facilitate these circles, which can then be replicated in the future.
Each registrant’s selection will be anonymous to fellow community members and Bridges is asking each registrant to only list their initials as a way to ensure privacy. Once registered, participants will receive a Zoom link and password on the day of the circle.
More information on the facilitation process, the Bridges team and information received by the CCS board of education regarding this issue can be found at on the school’s webpage at https://www.cambridgecsd.org/domain/348 .