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ABOUT US

Ashland Residents for Equity and Action is a group of People of Color and their allies in Ashland working together to ensure that their voices are represented in local civic organizations,  government, and the schools.

 

We support and promote People of Color-run businesses in Metro-West as engines of economic development that benefit the community at large.  Through community action we want to make Ashland a safe and inclusive community for all.
 

 
 

MEET THE TEAM

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MARGARET MUSOKE

President

Margaret (Maggie) Musoke, has been an Ashland resident for 10 years.  She has 1 son and 3 daughters.  

Maggie is the Co-Founder and President of Ashland Residents for Equity and Action (AREA).  In addition she is very active in the community and volunteers in other organizations.  She is the Troop Leader for Ashland's Girl Scouts, a member of the Africa Exchange Project and Racial Justice Team through Plymouth Church, Onewoman, American Red Cross, Ashland Community Garden, and Ashland Sustainability Committee.

Maggie is a nurse by profession and has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration/Management concentration and is HR certified.

During her spare time, she enjoys walks, dancing, road trips, visiting new places, and trying new foods with her family.

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BARBARA SEKESOGUNDU

Vice President

Barbara has been an Ashland resident for almost 2 years and is a proud mother of two boys. 

Barbara is self employed as a nurse.  Outside of work she is a member of the Ashland Board of Health, and also volunteers with the Ashland Housing Trust.  

 

She has a strong passion and interest in healthcare management and education, and sharing her knowledge with others.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, volunteering and spending valuable time with her family and friends.


 

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CARA TIRRELL

Secretary

A true "townie" in Ashland, Cara works, live and grew up in Ashland.

She is the Assistant Director of Ashland Human Service with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and has over 25 years of experience in providing support and counseling for all ages.  In the community Cara has been an active member of a hoarding task force, spearheaded a memory café, and facilitated a caregiver's support group.  Currently, she is the President/Secretary of the Ashland Dog Park Committee, Co-founder/Secretary of AREA and formerly Founder of Ashland Citizens Action Committee.

Cara also holds memberships in Breast Cancer Committee-Education and Access for Minority Women, Tourette's Syndrome Association, MetroWest Leadership Academy, and MetroWest Leadership Alumni Encore Program.  She has been actively involved with Ashland Intergenerational Leadership Team by Bridges Together, Inc.

Besides being a parent of two boys, her passion is fostering dogs and cats and she has initiated her own two businesses and created several non-profits that involve civic action.  During her free time, Cara loves to travel and spend time on Cape Cod.

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MOALA KITAYIMBWA

Treasurer

Moala Kitayimbwa has been an Ashland resident for 4 years and looks forward to being actively involved with the community.

Currently she works at an Investment Firm in Boston and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management from Manchester University.

Moala is always seeking opportunities to get involved within various organizations that empower women, support the equitable rights of people of color, and early childhood development.  She currently is the Treasurer of Ashland Cultural Council and also participates on the Warren Site Council.

Moala is a proud mother of two young children, Ava and Mason.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, baking insurmountable cakes and cupcakes, cooking, and planning events.

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ALAN GALIWANGO

Board Member

Alan moved to Ashland in 2017 with his wife and three kids.

He graduated from Northeastern University with a Master's Degree in Computer Science. He currently works in the FinTech space for an Asset Management Firm in Boston. 

Besides being an AREA board member, Alan is a board member of the Ashland Affordable Housing Trust. 

He enjoys outdoor activities with his kids - camping, basketball and snowboarding. You can be sure to find him smoking ribs and brisket in his spare time. 

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SENTEZA KIRONDE

Board Member

Senteza Kironde (aka Sentie) is an entrepreneur, social activist and works in Finance and Accounting in Boston. 

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. 

Sentie is always looking to make a difference within the community and joined AREA to make a difference within the Ashland community and raise awareness about social injustices.

 

He is also the founder of UgBuddy, a mentoring organization and Sentie's Kitchen LLC where he caters African BBQ and provides DJ services in and around the MetroWest/Boston area.

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RAYMOND KITAYIMBWA

Board Member

Ray has been a resident of Ashland since 2017 with his wife and 2 children (Ava and Mason).  

Ray has attended Middlesex Community College and UMass Boston studying Business Administration.  He currently works for a financial company in Boston.

Ray is a strong advocate for Equity and Equality and is excited to partner with AREA to help make an impact in the community.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

AREA BOARD MEETING

Winter 2022

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NEWS

 

NEWSLETTERS

Below are links to our monthly newsletters

MONTHLY ZOOM MEETINGS

We meet on the 3rd Thursdays of the month at 6:30pm.
* Use this same 
zoom link for every meeting.

 

2022- Calendar Year at a glance:

  • May 16th-6:30pm-AREA board meeting

  • May 19th-6:30pm-AREA general meeting

  • May 27th-Reality Fair-AHS

  • June 13th-6:30pm-AREA board meeting

  • June 16th-6:30pm-AREA general meeting

  • June 18th-Juneteenth-11-12p-Farmer's Market       12p-2p-Corner Spot

  • July 23rd-Culturefest-Corner Spot

  • August 18th at 6:30pm-AREA general meeting

  • Sept. 10th-DragonFly Festival-Corner Spot

  • Sept. 17th-Signature Event

  • September 15th at 6:30pm-AREA general meeting

  • October 20th at 6:30pm-AREA general meeting

  • November 17th at 6:30pm-AREA general meeting

  • December 15th at 6:30pm-AREA general meeting

AREA Rides with APD

Click on the image below to view the full story!

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AREA Member in the News

Click on the image below to view the full story!

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Juneteenth Celebration!

Saturday, June 18, 2022!

11 am-12 pm at the Ashland Farmers Market

12 - 2 pm at the Corner Spot in Ashland

ENTER THE POETRY CONTEST by May 27!

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SPORT-ified Family Event

Saturday, July 16, 2022

SPORT-ified Color competition is an exciting sports day event where kids and teenagers participate in friendly competition to win points for their color teams.  This is an all day family event where kids also get to cheer their parents on when they take the track as well. We try to recreate the experiences we had back home in Nigeria, here in the US, so that our children here in the diaspora can have a peek of the inter-house competitions we enjoyed

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2021 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey

MetroWest Health Foundation released on April 5, 2022, the results from its 2021 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (MWAHS), a biennial survey of middle and high school students in the 25-town region served by the foundation.  

Rates of vaping and marijuana use have declined but mental health issues and cyberbullying have increased.

REALITY FAIR IS BACK in 2022

Volunteers Needed!

Friday, May 27th, 2022

8:30am - 1:30pm

The Ashland High School Student Council will be hosting a Reality Fair for members of the 2022 senior class. The purpose of the Fair is to teach students about finances, credit score, and other real world budgeting skills. Students will participate in a number of activities that will help them develop and manage these financial skills. By choosing an occupation with a corresponding annual salary, students will make life choices pertaining to paying for their food, clothes, appliances, house, and other luxuries.

Volunteers are needed! Whether it be parent volunteers to run the "luxury" booth or professionals in the automobile industry helping students choose the best type of transportation, the Fair is a great way to support the community and teach students about everyday expenses. Volunteers are requested with backgrounds including housing, financials, personal care, and several other specific life areas. 

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MetroWest Health Equity Training Series

The foundation has provided funding to the Wayside Equity Training Center to offer a series of workshops focused on equity. The online workshops are free to area organizations seeking to add to their knowledge and skills in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. Expert trainers from the Wayside Equity Center will facilitate the workshops. Nonprofit and municipal agencies are encouraged to send staff and or volunteers. All sessions are held on Thursdays from 10:00-11:30am via Zoom.

AREA IN THE NEWS

The metrowest local publication, The Patch, had a feature on AREA. Click the image below for more details. 

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LOCAL POC OWNED BUSINESSES

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LET’S CONNECT

By joining our mailing list, you will be automatically forwarded meeting information for the next meeting.

You can directly offer your financial support by donating to our cause. We are a grassroots organization run by volunteers and any help is greatly appreciated. 

Mail a Check:
Ashland Residents for Equity & Action
205 Main Street, Unit 543 , Ashland, MA 01721

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