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Community 'N Unity

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson, along with civic and faith-based leaders, identified an opportunity to invest in Malden’s vibrancy through a proactive investment in the health of race and race relations in the City. In keeping with this commitment, the city hired Strategy Matters, LLC consultants to facilitate a series of three community dialogues designed to promote community cohesion and strength. 

The consultants worked with a planning committee of city and community leaders, and proposed an aspirational framework for the conversation; specifically, that Malden convene residents to collaboratively consider what racial harmony might look like in their community. Through three meetings, residents developed a new set of shared understandings about the status quo, as well as shared goals for the future, and a set of measures to use to track progress toward those goals.

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