As part of the Resilient Tulsa strategy, Mayor G.T. Bynum and the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity (MORE) will host equity dinners to encourage constructive, meaningful conversations to bring understanding and unity amongst Tulsans of differing backgrounds.
“Our hope is to bring individuals and groups together that normally would have never met or had the opportunity to cross paths. Through the equity dinners, we will be able to continue conversations about our strengths and weaknesses as a community and how we can work together to build a more resilient Tulsa,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said.
Equity Dinners will be held each evening on Nov. 5 and Nov. 7. Dinners will be held at restaurants throughout Tulsa and groups of 8-12 will be led by a moderator to discuss topics such as structural racism, interfaith relations, education and economic opportunities in Tulsa.
Moving forward, MORE plans to host equity dinners each spring and fall. Space is limited for the first round of equity dinners. Individuals interested in participating can sign-up for the Resilient Tulsa Equity Dinners.
Participants will be notified of their dinner date, time and location the week before the dinner is scheduled. The faith community will also play a large part in the dinners as the faith community plays an important role in shaping culture and promoting dialogue in Tulsa.
“We want to foster relationships and greater empathy among Tulsans, so when dinner is over, the work doesn’t end,” DeVon Douglass, Chief Resilience Officer said. “Once the equity dinners have concluded, the moderator questions will be posted on the Resilient Tulsa website for individuals, groups and the faith community to continue the dialogue amongst community members, friends and family.”