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Connecting Fairfax Metropolis For All Development Update

12/18/2020 8:27 AM

The Connecting Fairfax City for All initiative to study racial and social equity in Fairfax Town is transferring ahead. Several important actions have been taken due to the fact city council’s acceptance of the initiative on October 27, 2020.

Picking the Stakeholder Team

A varied team of 15 stakeholders will facilitate neighborhood voices and make tips to the mayor and metropolis council primarily based on feedback collected through the approach.

  • Positions were being established aside for a person consultant from Historic Fairfax Metropolis, Inc., Mosby Woods Neighborhood Association, and the regional Neighbors for Change group. The remaining 12 stakeholders will be picked from the neighborhood at large.
  • City staff and George Mason University Jimmy and Rosalynn School for Peace and Conflict Resolution learners collaborated to develop the application issues built to solicit information and facts about an applicant’s house community, size of residence in the city, age assortment, and know-how of the Civil War and how it has been memorialized in our group.
  • Councilmembers Janice Miller and Jon Stehle (appointed by Mayor David Meyer), together with metropolis staff members and Dr. Juliette Shedd from the Carter College have satisfied and produced thoughts, criteria, and methodology to evaluation the 83 purposes. (This variety would not include things like designated stakeholders Matthew West, Historic Fairfax City, Inc. Susan Olenchuk, Mosby Woods Local community Association and Laura Bowles, the designated stakeholder from the local Neighbors for Adjust team.)
  • This evaluation will acquire location with Councilmembers Miller and Stehle, Dr. Shedd, and staff associates. The group is meeting with candidates in various a single-hour, small group meetings. A matrix has been created to look at what every single applicant can lead to the approach and how the applicant interacts with other people in the small team environment.
  • The review staff will satisfy December 22 to formulate recommendations for the mayor and council. The proposed stakeholder group will be offered to council during a shut session on January 5, 2021, and put forward for council appointment on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Local community Listening and Learning Sessions Logistics

  • City personnel and Carter College professors and students executed two pilot Neighborhood Listening and Mastering Classes. The theme was an illustrated overview of the Civil War in central Fairfax and how these functions and personalities have been remembered in monuments, markers, road and neighborhood names, and visuals in the city seal.
  • Thirty-nine attendees participated in the digital classes and facilitated discussions led by George Mason College pupils beneath the guidance of Dr. Adina Friedman. The pilot sessions presented the task group apply in logistics and methodology prior to the 1st Local community Listening and Studying Classes for the stakeholder group.

Scheduling Listening and Learning Periods

Planning and confirming the presenters for the Community Listening and Learning Sessions is underway. The first two Local community Listening and Learning Classes have been scheduled.

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, January 28. Kim Holien, retired navy historian for the Division of the Military, will current “Fairfax Courtroom Dwelling: Crossroads of Conflict.” This software will established up the historical context for afterwards classes. A issue and remedy session will follow the presentation.
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, February 11. Dr. Karen L. Cox, professor of historical past at the University of North Carolina, will focus on “The Lost Cause and Accomplice Monuments and Memory.” Facilitated discussion will observe her presentation.

Moreover, metropolis team are researching competent presenters and panelists for potential matters, researching archives and on-line sources for data about road and community names, and reviewing feed-back shared on the Interact Fairfax project page.


This push release was produced by the City of Fairfax. The sights expressed in this article are the author’s personal.