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City Councilor Will Mbah announces candidacy for mayor of Somerville

Mbah was born and raised in Cameroon and moved to Somerville in 2011 after winning the green card lottery through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, a federal program that awards visas to randomly selected immigrants from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. In addition to being an at-large city councilor, he is currently a technologist at MIT’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Mbah is the only person of color on the Somerville City Council.

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone not seeking reelection

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, the city’s longest-serving mayor, announced on March 1 that he will not seek reelection this November. This decision has fueled speculation that Curtatone will run for governor of Massachusetts in 2022. Curtatone was first elected mayor in 2003 and assumed office in 2004, subsequently winning reelection eight times, every two years. […]

Tufts releases Equity and Inclusion workstream report, recommends anti-racist educational programs

“Specifically, this effort will consider training programs for faculty and staff as well as revised curricula, new education programs, and strengthened academic and support services for all our students within and outside the classroom,” Aubry wrote. “Such programs will help ensure that issues of equity and inclusion are addressed in our classrooms and all non-classroom learning spaces, and throughout our community.”

Somerville City Council votes to decriminalize entheogenic plants

“As our community confronts record-shattering opioid abuse, depression, and suicide, decriminalization represents a huge step forward for public health and criminal justice," a group of Somerville residents wrote in a letter to the City Council in support of the resolution.

Tisch College, Fletcher School host Sarah Chayes on International Anti-Corruption Day

Chayes has won awards for her reporting for the National Public Radio (NPR) in several different countries and spent nearly a decade in Afghanistan as special advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She then became a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she researched corruption in foreign countries.

Harvard Professor Benjamin Wilson discusses elite scientists, nuclear weapons

Wilson's lecture, "The Scientific Power Elite in the Age of Nuclear Weapons," focused on the relationship between anti-nuclear scientists and the military-industrial complex during the Cold War.

Preeta Banerjee fills new role as Hindu advisor

Banerjee explained some of the responsibilities her new role entails, including catering to students’ spiritual needs as well as educating others about the Hindu community.