Ad Hoc Committee for Racial Equity and Inclusion

Ad Hoc Committee for Racial Equity and Inclusion

Typical Meeting TimeThe fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm
Typical Meeting LocationCouncil Chambers, City Hall, 288 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 03820
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The City Council and the City of Dover are committed to eliminating systemic racism and building a stronger community that is safe and welcoming for all people. The City is also committed to being inclusive, representative, and responsive to historically underrepresented and underserved communities, particularly communities of color, immigrants, and refugees. That commitment extends to all City of Dover departments and functions. The City Council’s creation of the Committee for Racial Equity and Inclusion is a step in assisting the City of Dover in fulfilling its commitment by conducting a systematic review of municipal operations and creating actionable items for the City of Dover to execute.

The City Council committed to creating this public committee at its June 24, 2020, when the City Council unanimously passed the resolution, “Condemning Racism and Affirming City of Dover’s Commitment to Eliminating Racial Inequities.” This resolution came in the wake of African American George Floyd’s tragic death, who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At its Oct. 28, 2020 meeting, the City Council formed the Committee for Racial Equity and Inclusion and appointed its members at its Dec. 9, 2020 meeting.

Committee Purpose

The purpose and authority of this Committee is to review data, hold listening sessions, and recommend to the City Council and City Manager, an action plan outlining existing and new steps to be taken to work to eliminate systemic racism in municipal operations, including boards and commissions, and foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. The Committee shall work closely with City staff through the City Manager to gather necessary information on municipal operations, and will coordinate as necessary with the Dover Schools Racial Equity Vision Keepers Committee. The Committee’s authority and existence shall be advisory and for a limited duration.

Current Members

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Daniel Pontoh Role: Regular - Co-Chairperson Term Begin: 11/19/2020 Term End: 10/28/2023
Address: 14 Trakey Street Tel: (603) 892-2725 email this person
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Lina Shayo Role: Regular - Co-Chairperson Term Begin: 12/3/2020 Term End: 10/28/2023
Address: 9 Florence Street Tel: (508) 873-3163 email this person
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Lauren Conley Role: Regular - Vice Chairperson Term Begin: 11/25/2020 Term End: 10/28/2023
Address: 6 Florence Street Tel: (603) 957-0754 email this person
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Margaret Fogarty Role: Regular - Recording Secretary Term Begin: 11/16/2020 Term End: 10/28/2023
Address: 16 Florence Street Tel: (603) 988-7115 email this person
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Oscany Rodriguez-DeJesus Role: Regular - Recording Secretary Alternate Term Begin: 11/16/2020 Term End: 10/28/2023
Address: 28 Belknap Street Tel: (603) 218-9903 email this person
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Luz Bay Role: Regular Term Begin: 11/9/2020 Term End: 10/28/2023
Address: 290 Long Hill Road Tel: (603) 781-5313 email this person
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Kathleen Blake Role: Regular Term Begin: 4/21/2021 Term End: 4/14/2024
Address: 16 Redden Street Tel: (603) 231-0011 email this person
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Mark Brave Role: Regular Term Begin: 11/18/2020 Term End: 10/28/2023
Address: 17 Schooner Drive Tel: (603) 969-7399 email this person
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Timothy Mainella Role: Regular Term Begin: 11/12/2020 Term End: 10/28/2023
Address: 399 Back Road Tel: (603) 781-5810 email this person
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Cora Quisumbing-King Role: Regular Term Begin: 11/12/2020 Term End: 10/28/2023
Address: 40 Sandpiper Lane Tel: (603) 343-4347 email this person
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Tess Beem Role: Alternate Term Begin: 11/10/2020 Term End: 10/28/2023
Address: 27 Pierce Street Tel: (207) 272-0124 email this person
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Jill (Rita) Braceland Role: Alternate Term Begin: 11/16/2020 Term End: 10/28/2023
Address: 45 New Rochester Road, #22 Tel: (978) 987-4922 email this person
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Dennis Shanahan Role: Council Liaison Term Begin: 10/28/2020 Term End: 12/31/2021
Address: 508 Tolend Road Tel: (603) 534-3750 email this person
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Jessica Rozzo Role: Liaison - School Board Term Begin: 10/28/2020 Term End: 12/31/2021
Address: 55 Willow Street Tel: (603) 781-3244 email this person
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Colleen Bessette Role: Staff Liaison Term Begin: hideThis Term End: hideThis
Address: 288 Central Avenue Tel: (603) 516-6023 email this person
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