Cultural Council to Host Community Conversation on March 31, 2012

Posted by Bob on February 17, 2012 under Daily Blogs, Events | Be the First to Comment

The Naugatuck Cultural Council (“NCC”) will host a Community Conversation on Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM at Naugatuck High School, 543 Rubber Avenue, Naugatuck, CT 06770.  Trained facilitators will engage participants in small group discussions focused on issues of cultural diversity in Naugatuck.

The Community Conversation is open to anyone who wants to make Naugatuck the best community it can be.  Participation is free, and light refreshments and child care will be provided.  The NCC will attempt to accommodate English-language learners with translation services if possible.  Anyone interested in registering can contact Ed Carter at 203-720-7208 or ecarter@naugatuck-ct.gov.  Please include your name, contact information (email and/or phone number) and any special requests that would make your experience more enjoyable.

The recent release of 2010 Census information confirms what many of us see in our everyday lives:  Naugatuck continues to become a more diverse community comprised of individuals and families representing numerous cultural backgrounds.  Recently, the NCC was formed to recognize and celebrate the numerous cultural heritages that embrace the American Experience in the Borough of Naugatuck.  Over the past two (2) years, the NCC has been working to ensure that Naugatuck is an open and welcoming community to new and emerging populations while honoring the numerous, cultural traditions embedded in our great Borough.

The guided discussions will encourage stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to speak in a respectful and thought-provoking manner on issues related to cultural diversity in Naugatuck.  A discussion guide is currently being prepared to focus the conversations.  Through this process, the NCC hopes to:

  • Build education and awareness by creating a place for people to tell their stories and to find commonalities, making sure that everyone knows their voice can be heard in some way.
  • Create cross-cultural communication strategies that encourage opportunities for sharing cultural views, experiences, needs and desires to enhance community participation.
  • Welcome and support new populations to participate in local activities and events by breaking down barriers that prevent people from participation in community life.

The NCC is seeking anyone interested in serving as a facilitator for the Community Conversation.  This represents a great opportunity to to learn the marketable skill of facilitating small group dialogues.  A facilitator training session will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Naugatuck Historical Society, 195 Water Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770.  We are grateful to the organization Everyday Democracy, which will be providing facilitator training to support the Community Conversation at no cost to Borough taxpayers.  Anyone interested in registering for the training can contact Event Coordinator Sandra Heller at sphdmh@aol.com.

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