NUARI - Needham Unite Against Racism Initiative

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The Needham Unite Against Racism Initiative is intended to foster a dialogue about racism in Needham and produce actionable strategies to ensure Needham is a welcoming and inclusive community. Residents are invited to share with Town officials their personal experiences with racism or discrimination in Needham, and their concerns and suggestions for improvement. The Town is making available information about relevant policies and procedures including those relative to policing in Needham. This initiative is intended to be an ongoing effort so that together, Town leadership and residents can craft effective solutions to identified challenges. The Town is committed to ensuring that all residents of Needham are safe and free from racism, discrimination and hate.

A NUARI Working group has been formed to recommend a vision for racial equality in Needham and determine guiding principles for future actions.  Members will prioritize areas for improvement including, but not limited to, education, policing, housing and racial and ethnic makeup of Town Boards and Committees.  Members will make recommendations to the Select Board. To contact Working Group Members, please email

All NUARI meetings are open to the public and begin at 6:00 pm.   Meeting links are on the Meeting Agenda. 


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Most Recent Minutes (PDF) | View All

Most Recent Agenda Packets (PDF)  | View All

NUARI Interim Report to Town Meeting, April 26, 2021

NUARI Public Comments Spreadsheet from July 21st meeting (PDF)


NUARI Zoom Meetings
NUARI Listening Session Recording, July 21, 2020


What is systemic racism and what role can each of us play in working to identify and eradicate it? The Select Board, Needham Diversity Initiative, Human Rights Committee, NUARI, and other leaders are planning a series of community conversations on race in Needham. We’ll examine systemic racism and the impact of race on policing, education, housing, and other priority areas identified by the NUARI working group. The sessions will complement other efforts in Town. Please sign up to get notified about future events happening in Needham.


Civil Rights Violation Attorney General Info

Special Town Meeting Article 17: Resolution to Request a Study of Systemic Racism in Needham – October 2020

Needham Lived Experiences Project
    Needham Lived Experiences Project Survey

    The Lived Experiences of Our Community:
    Stories & Data from Needham, MA


Vision Statement Endorsement List

NUARI Charge & Membership

List of Initial Recommendations, August 18, 2020 (PDF)

Anti-Racism Statement from the Select Board (PDF)

Town of Needham Announces Launch of Unite Against Racism Initiative (PDF)


The Needham Police Department is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all those who live, work and visit Needham. In an ongoing effort to respond to community concerns and suggestions around equitable policing and racial justice, the Department has released a response document that will be updated periodically. In addition, the Department has created a dashboard to provide important information and data regarding police interactions with the community. This dashboard will be updated at least annually and is currently being revised.

Police Department Procedures, Policies & Information of Interest

Annual Needham Police Dept. Data Reports


Equity in the Needham Public Schools (PDF)
Presentation to NUARI Working Group, December 22, 2020
Daniel Gutekanst, Superintendent of Schools

Equity in the Needham Public Schools (REAL COALITION), August 18, 2020 (PDF)