Thursday, June 13, 2024

Two candidate forums have been added to the Cambridge political calendar in the run-up to Nov. 7 municipal elections by the group My Brother’s Keeper, Cambridge, a nonprofit that works to empower youths and families of color.

A School Committee forum is up first, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. The 11 candidates vying for six seats – two of which are open, meaning two new faces are guaranteed to be seated next year – will be asked to share their vision to improve Cambridge Public Schools and explain their top priorities and issues.

The moderator is Melissa Colón, an assistant professor of urban education, leadership and policy at the University of Massachusetts whose research focuses on Black and Latinx students. “Racism, heteropatriarchy, colonialism and class are at the center of inquiries,” according to a biography supplied by My Brother’s Keeper, Cambridge.

Colón was “born in Cambridge Hospital and grew up between Lincoln Way in North Cambridge and Puerto Rico. She is a proud graduate of CRLS and the Longfellow School, where she first learned English,” the bio says. Her “Critical Perspectives on Latino Education in Massachusetts,” a historical anthology focused on the lives of Latino students in Massachusetts public schools, is expected in the spring.

An online forum for the 24 candidates for City Council is planned for 6 to 9:15 p.m. Oct. 25 with a break from 7:30 to 7:45 p.m. A link to attend wasn’t immediately available.