City departments: Sign up now for 2016 Community Dialogue sessions
In 2016, the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department will offer other City departments the chance to discuss issues and topics of their choice with community leaders and residents to gain insight into their departments’ impact on the community. Or departments can choose to have broad conversations with a particular community about its history, relevant issues and barriers it faces. These Community Dialogue sessions facilitate conversations among City departments, cultural communities and other under-represented groups.
City departments will be expected to:
- Describe what you will do with the information (why you are participating).
- Participate fully in the dialogue and listen actively. Be prepared with questions, which Neighborhood and Community Relations can help create.
- Describe how you will continue to foster the relationships you made in the session.
- Describe how you will report back to members of the community about how their input was used.
- Offer feedback to the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department.
The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department began offering Community Dialogues as Cultural Context Tours in the summer of 2015. Because of overwhelming interest, the sessions were restructured to allow more departments to participate. The sessions are now shorter, and fewer under-represented groups will be in each session to allow for more in-depth interaction and dialogue. This achieves the goal of establishing relationships to continue the conversations into the future.
Published Nov 3, 2015