Citizen's Committee on Civic Unity

City Hall Rainbow Bench

The mission of the City of Cambridge Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity is to foster fairness, equity, unity, appreciation, and mutual understanding across all people and entities in Cambridge. The Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity works to provide opportunities for constructive discussions and community events regarding race, class, religion, gender, abilities, and sexual orientation, through recognizing and raising awareness of historic, existing, and potential civic issues; providing opportunities for honest dialogue and engagement; and by building bridges across communities to better understand and connect with one another.


The current Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity began meeting in 2015, and builds on the history and work of Cambridge’s prior Civic Unity Committee, which existed until 1992 and had been formed to address racial discrimination faced by returning World War II veterans.  

Committee meetings frequently include a range of discussion topics including current events, specific city issues, guest speakers, goal setting, as well as brainstorming and organizing for community events and forums.

Committee Membership and Meetings

The Committee, which meets monthly, is made up of 14 members that live and/or work in Cambridge, and represent a diverse range of experiences, perspectives, and knowledge from various communities and backgrounds across the city.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 14, 5:30 p.m. To be held virtually via Zoom platform. (Meeting link to be added)


Photo: Kyle Klein Photography


Additional Information

Relevant Documents

  • About the Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity (PDF)
  • Mission and Goals - April 2016
  • City of Cambridge Loving Day proclamation
  • One Drop of Love Program 

Past Events

Citizen's Committee on Civic Unity presents a free performance of One Drop of Love - June 13, 2017

In June 2017, the Committee sponsored free community performances of Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni’s “One Drop of Love” as part of the City’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision.    

In December 2016, the Committee hosted a community discussion regarding a widely publicized exchange between a police officer and a resident, to explore how to create spaces for constructive dialogue and community responses.  

City Manager Richard Rossi speaks to attendees at Cambridge Who We Are and How We Got Here - May 2016

In May 2016, the Citizens Committee on Civic Unity hosted a community presentation and discussion: “Cambridge: Who We Are & How We Got Here,” which focused on the historical evolution of demographics in Cambridge, and drew over 100 participants.  

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