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Consultant RFP is Posted Deadline: April 6 at 3 p.m.
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 consultant experienced in cultural competency and community-centered processes.
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. The Consultant will be selected through the City's Procurement Process
The Request for Proposals (RFP) is now posted. You can view the RFP on the City website at www.santafenm.gov/bids_rfps/detail/2130p. Applications are due April 6, 2021 at 3 p.m.
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.
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 Mayor is reaching out to groups across the city to describe the process and encourage participation. So far Mayor Webber has had Zoom meetings with the members of the Fiesta Council, the Caballeros de Vargas, the League of Women Voters, the Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Shalom, and representatives of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe. Any group interested in having this conversation with the Mayor should contact the Mayor’s office: [bot protected email address].
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.