Falmouth Affirmative Action Committee Gives Update on Their Mission

FALMOUTH – The Falmouth Affirmative Action Committee discussed its progress on recent activities and upcoming plans at a board of selectman meeting on June 3.

The committee’s goal is to introduce the discussion of affirmative action in and out of the work place to the community.

“We are trying to look at how we function with human resource people in the town who work with employees,” said co-chairwoman Joanne Triestman, “but then, what do we do about what’s going on in the rest of the town?”

Triestman and Co-Chairwoman Patricia Oshman reviewed the committee’s goal of providing a welcoming and fair community for all residents. They provided examples of the committee’s recent efforts, including the creation a “Road to Racial Justice” board game provided to the Lawrence school, local churches, and Girl Scout troops.

“It’s a game teens can play that looks at the planet Terra, who needs our help to get rid of ‘superioritis,’ and it gives them situations that they can then decide ‘What would you do?’”

Triestman expressed the hope to get more students involved in their work, and noted that the Lawrence School, Falmouth High School, and Falmouth Academy all provide clubs for human rights and social justice.

The Falmouth Affirmative Action Committee meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. Meetings are conducted at Falmouth Town Hall.


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