Governor Sununu's Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion will hold its fifth listening session in Manchester on Wednesday evening.
The public forums are organized to collect stories and concerns from the community so they can inform future policy and increase equity in the state.
This next meeting comes weeks after an unrelated workforce diversity meeting held in Manchester lead to local and national backlash. Some participants at that discussion were the subject of threatening phone calls and emails.
“The hope is that it may inspire people to turnout versus deter them because of some of the negative connotations that have been associated with that session,” says Allyson Ryder, member of the Governor's Council on Doversity and Inclusion.
Ryder says not putting individuals in a situation where they’re going to be targeted for their participation has been the number one consideration following the negative response to the workforce meeting. Stories collected at the forums have always been -- and will remain -- anonymous.
Ryder says they're looking to hear from a wide range of voices in one of New Hampshire's most diverse cities Wednesday.
The listening session will take place August 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Brookside Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, at 2013 Elm St, Manchester.