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In January, the Governing Body unanimously approved a Resolution for hosting community conversations on Culture, History, Art, Reconciliation, and Truth (CHART). The process, which is projected to last a year, focuses on fostering as much participation from the community as possible. The approach aims to increase inclusivity, transparency, and community participation.
Under the resolution, the City will contract with a coordinator experienced in cultural competency and community-centered processes. The City will then facilitate the convening of dialogue sessions by members of organizations and unaffiliated community members. These sessions will be designed to promote broad cross-cultural understanding and racial equity, and to inform decisions for statues and monuments as well as short-, medium-, and long-term responses to ensure community healing and reconciliation. The goal is healing based on mutual respect.
The Governing Body approved a Budget Adjustment Resolution (BAR) for funding the Consultant Team that will facilitate the CHART process for this fiscal year, in the amount of $62,000. The Consultant's role will include the planning, development, coordination, communication, outreach, implementation, and evaluation of the process. The Consultant will be selected through the City's Procurement Process by a panel composed of City staff and/or officials and/or experts in the field.
The Consultant will have experience in cultural competency, particularly with the communities of Northern New Mexico. The Consultant will work closely with the City Project Team to implement a robust engagement process and will provide a final report with recommendations gained from community input.
After the Consultant is hired, there will be clear descriptions offering members of the public different ways to participate including: a survey; an interview; or sign up to attend a series of community dialogue meetings where residents will be able to interact with others from across all parts of the community.
The City has created a webpage, www.santafenm.gov/chart, that will serve as the hub for CHART information moving forward. The page includes a copy of the adopted resolution, a video of the Governing Body meeting where CHART was approved, and sign-up to receive CHART communications by email.