Diversity and Inclusion

A  S T A T E M E N T  F R O M  C O M M U N I T Y  T E A M W O R K        6 / 2 / 2020

We cannot stand neutral while our community continues to suffer under the burden of discrimination and injustice. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “A riot is the language of the unheard”. For over 56 years since our creation as part of the civil rights movement, Community Teamwork has been a voice for those unheard, silenced, and marginalized.

As we continue to advocate in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black Men and Women that have been murdered at the hands of racism, we have to ask ourselves, what is justice? Arrests, trials and convictions are the most immediate means of justice that are needed.

However, justice also means eradicating the systemic racism that has plagued our nation since its inception. We must bring an end to the systemic cruelty and criminalization of the Black Community, the attacks on Asian Americans and immigrants, and the disparities in our education and health systems that are deeply embedded in our laws and policies.

Community Teamwork has ongoing efforts to create the systemic changes needed within our agency and community. But it is clear that we need to intensify our efforts and strengthen our focus towards holding all sectors accountable to create reform in order for all members of our community to truthfully have equal rights.

AREA’S ROLE IN FIGHTING SLAVERY  PRAISED – Mechanics Hall played a part in the Underground Railroad Lowell Sun 4/27/21
A  S T A T E M E N T  F R O M  C O M M U N I T Y  T E A M W O R K – We condemn all attacks on Asians and Asian Americans 3/24/21
A  S T A T E M E N T  F R O M  C O M M U N I T Y  T E A M W O R K – Anti Semitic Slurs and all Racial Slurs are Unacceptable 2/25/21
A  S T A T E M E N T  F R O M  C O M M U N I T Y  T E A M W O R K – Events of January 6, 2021 1/7/2021
A  S T A T E M E N T  F R O M  C O M M U N I T Y  T E A M W O R K – Breonna Taylor’s Life Mattered 9/24/2020
A  S T A T E M E N T  F R O M  C O M M U N I T Y  T E A M W O R K ‘ S  DI VERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE – John Robert Lewis, Civil Rights Icon and Congressman 7/23/2020


C O M M U N I  C A T I O N S  F R O M  T H E  D I V E R S I T Y  &  I N C L U S I O N  C O M M I T T E E

April 29th is Duke Ellington Day 4/29/21

April is Arab American Heritage Month 4/28/21

The Gathering of the Nations, April 23rd – 24th – The Largest Pow Wow in North America 4/22/21

April is Diversity Month 4/15/21

Cambodian New Year 2021 4/13/21

April is Autism Acceptance Month 4/9/21

April 7th – World Health Day 4/7/21

March 31st – César Chávez Day 3/31/21

March 31st – Transgender Day of Visibility 3/25/21

March 21st – The International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 3/23/21

Harriet Tubman – Celebration of Life 3/10/21

March 8th – International Women’s Day 3/4/21

Birdie Malbory – First Black Woman to Run for City Council in Lowell 2/24/21

February 21st – International Mother Language Day 2/19/21

February 15th – Happy Nirvana Day 2/15/21

Lowell Black History: The Lews of Lowell 2/11/21

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2/9/21

The Abolitionist Movement and Lowell’s Mechanics Hall  2/4/21

About Black History Month  2/2/2021

January 27th – International Holocaust Remembrance Day 1/28/21

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 1/21/21

January 13th – A Day to Celebrate and Honor Korean Americans

Happy Mahayana New Year 2021 – This year celebrated on January 28th  1/8/21

Happy Kwanzaa (Revised)  – 12/31/2020 

International Human Solidarity Day ~ December 20th 12/24/2020

Hanukkah ~ Festival of Lights ~ December 10th-18th 12/11/2020

International Human Rights Day – Celebrated around the world on December 10th 12/9/2020

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery ~ Don’t Close Your Eyes to Human Trafficking 12/3/2020

Thanksgiving – A day to mourn and a day to honor Native Americans 11/26/2020

Umoja Karamu – “Unity Feast” (with suggested readings) – A Day of Thanks in the African American Culture 11/28/2020

Umoja Karamu – “Unity Feast” – A Day of Thanks in the African-American Culture 11/24/2020

Transgender Remembrance Day is November 20th –  11/19/2020

Cambodian Independence Day is November 9th – 11/12/2020

November is National American Heritage Month – 11/2/2020

LGBT History Month – 10/29/2020

National Black Poetry Day –  10/22/2020

International Day of the Girl Child –  10/15/2020 

Justice Thurgood Marshall when on October 2, 1967 he made history as the first African American to hold a position on the Supreme Court – 10/8/2020

Community Teamwork Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15, 2020 – 10/1/2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ~ March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020 ~“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.” –  9/24/2020

International Democracy Day, September 15th – 9/17/2020

What is a Microaggression? 21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis – 9/10/2020

Lifting As We Climb: IDA B. WELLS, A Pioneer in the Fight for Women’s Equality –  9/3/2020

The Threat of Blackness! –  8/27/2020

SOJOURNER TRUTH – The Forgotten History of the Slave Who Fought for Women’s Rights  – 8/20/2020

COMMUNITY TEAMWORK RESPONDS – Celebrates 56th Anniversary of Community Action – 8/20/2020

Slavery and Understanding the History and Democracy of the United States – 8/6/2020

COMMUNITY TEAMWORK RESPONDS – We Celebrate Juneteenth 6/19/2020

COMMUNITY TEAMWORK RESPONDS – We ask ourselves, what can we do? 6/11/2020


Listen to Community Teamwork’s Chief Program Officer, Carl Howell and DEI Consortium members Kathy Mercado and Francie Slater speak with William Shaw – WCAP 1/30/21

Letter from Karen Frederick, CEO and Meghan Siembor, Division Director Child and Family Services regarding Equity for Early Education, Out of School Time (OST) Teachers, and Programs  9/27/2020

Carl Howell, CTI Division Director selected as a Fellow of the first LEADS Lowell Cohort

VOTE. YOUR VOICE MATTERS. The Massachusetts State Primary is Tuesday, September 1st –  8/31/2020.

Elevating the Next Generation of Change-Makers – A conversation with Congresswoman Lori Trahan and a panel of change-makers to discuss our national movement to address racial injustice. Facebook Live 6/19/2020

R E S O U R C E S  /  L I N K S

Racism is a public health crisis – The information and resources highlight work from members of the Harvard Chan School community aimed at addressing racism and, ultimately, at helping shape a fairer, more just, and healthier world.

The following provides a number of resources for people who wish to learn more about Becoming Anti-Racists.Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource List – Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA)

How to be an Anti-Racist – Video – “The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it,” writes Professor Ibram X. Kendi. This is the essence of antiracism: the action that must follow both emotional and intellectual awareness of racism. Explore what an antiracist society might look like, how we can play an active role in building it, and what being an antiracist in your own context might mean. This conversation was recorded during the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The week-long event is presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic. Prominent leaders and thinkers across business, politics, media, culture, science, and more participate in hundreds of panels, interviews, presentations, and screenings. Learn more at https://www.aspenideas.org

Becoming Anti-Racist – Toolkit of 23 Things you Can Watch, Listen, or Do 

A conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kende at a conference on Becoming Anti-Racist and his journey to do so.

What five black fathers are saying to their children about this historic moment | Washington Post

Fantastic Read-Aloud Books for Raising a Brave GenerationEmbraceRace 

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race | Embrace Race

African American History and Culture Museum

Systemic Racism Explained | ACT.TV

Anti-Racism for Kids – An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate | Community Family & Coordinated Engagement (CFCE)

20+ Books that Discuss Race and Racism for Children (CFCE)

Recommended READING by Carl Howell, Co-Chair of our Diversity Committee and Division Director Housing and Homeless Services at Community Teamwork:

  • Stamped – Ibram X. Kendia   AND   Stamped: Remixed (for children)
  • Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
  • White Fragility – Robin Diangelo
  • White Rage – Carol Anderson
  • So you want to talk about Race – Ljeoma Oluo
  • How to be an Antiracist – Ibram A. Kendi

Recommended STREAMING by Carl Howell, Co-Chair of our Diversity Committee and Division Director Housing and Homeless Services at Community Teamwork:

  • 13TH – Netflix
  • American Son – Netflix
  • Dear White People – Netflix

C A L L  T O  A C T I O N

Why is Racism a Public Health Crisis and How You can Help


Community Teamwork’s mission is to be a catalyst for social change. Our work centers around efforts to strengthen our communities and reduce poverty by delivering vital services and collaborating with key stakeholders to create housing, education, and economic opportunities – for all members of our community.

The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others have ignited national attention and made us recognize the need for social change. Yet, we recognize this is not new. Racism is a public health crisis in this country and in the City of Lowell – and we can do something about it. The Lowell Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consortium is a group of local community members, voters, academic, civic, faith, nonprofit and business leaders who have been working together for several months to address racial disparities and lack of representation in our community.

We’re ready to see our elected and senior leaders name the problem and take action towards change. Community Teamwork is proud to support this call for immediate action and has signed on to this letter in support. We are asking you to join us in these efforts by signing on to the attached letter. Your name on this letter sends a clear message that you too want change. Sign here today:

To sign onto this letter as an organization or individual, please fill out this form:

េដើម*wីចុះហត្េលខេនេលើលិខិតេនះជអង្ករ ឬបុគ្ល សូមបំេពញទំរង់េនះ៖

Para firmar esta carta como organización o individuo, complete este formulario:

The letter was read to the Mayor, City Manager, and Superintendent of Police at the “Lowell Listens” event on June 24th between 4-6pm at the Senior Center.

 I N  T H E   N E W S 

Supreme Court blocks Trump’s bid to end DACA, a win for undocumented ‘Dreamers’  The Washington Post 6/18/2020

Supreme Court’s Landmark LGBTQ Employment Decision Is Even Bigger Than Marriage Equality 6/15/2020 Rolling Stone – David Cohen  ~It’s a game changer that could have reverberations in everything from education to housing. ~

Queer the Census – National LGBTQ Task Force Center for American Progress Massachusetts ~ Why the Census Matters for LGBTQ People


O U R  V A L U E S

In the spirit of community and teamwork, we strive to uphold the following values:

  • Recognize strengths and treat our clients and fellow employees with respect and honesty in all Community Teamwork dealings.
  • Deliver high quality integrated services that result in positive outcomes for clients and respond to changing community needs.
  • Collaborate with external organizations to improve outcomes for clients and strengthen the community.
  • Recognize our role as stewards of public and private funding.
  • And uphold the values of Community Teamwork C.A.R.E.S.

Compassionate: Listen well and make sure people feel heard.
Accountable: Promptly follow up on questions and concerns.
Respectful: Introduce yourself and make a connection.
Empathetic: Put yourself in your client’s place. We never judge.
Services: Serve clients as you would wish to be served. They are the reason we are here.