Following COVID-19, Cindy organized multiple MGH Black-Owned Business Walking Tours and “Cruises” in support of local Black-owned businesses and those that support Nubian Square, Roxbury. These tours, in collaboration with the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the MGH Office of Equity and Inclusion, gave MGH staff the opportunity to explore some of the many restaurants, boutiques, and shops that call Nubian Square home. Similarly, each tour included discussion with local activists and community organizations including:
o “The Elephant in the Room”: A Discussion with Rock Against Racism (RAR):
RAR was created to address the Bussing Era in Boston using Hip Hop as a tool to engage the youth. Speakers are Reebee Garofolo, founding member of RAR; former UMass Boston professor, Queen Vivian (crew manager); Smidi Waters, who was one of the break dancers; and Pacey Foster, UMass Boston professor, founder of the UMass Boston Hip Hop Archive.
o Youth Mental Health & The Return to School convened by City Councilor At Large, Julia Mejia:
A conversation with LaTrelle Pinckney Chase, Cooperative Education Coordinator at Madison Park High School (she places students in internships); DJ Rock, LGBTQ+ Student Support Manager for the Boston Public School District; and Yahaira Lopez, Founder of Autism Sprinter and parent. They will discuss the impact of school being closed last school year and now reopened.