SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race (CCR) is requesting the community's participation in a research project, with responses being collected through Nov. 17.
 
The survey is being conducted by Market Research Students at Seton Hall University, who are working closely with the CCR, according to the introduction to the survey.
 
An email from CCR states, " We need your input on what might be influencing Black people to move or not move to our community.  Understanding and managing these factors is critical for remaining a stably racially integrated community." The survey introduction adds that the survey is also seeking to understand what factors influence retention.
 
 
The full email from CCR is below:
 
South Orange/Maplewood Residents,
 
We need your input on what might be influencing Black people to move or not move to our community.  Understanding and managing these factors is critical for remaining a stably racially integrated community.   
 
Please click on the link below and take 5 minutes to share your perspective in the survey.   If you choose, you can opt to be included in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card at the end.  Residents of all races are welcome to participate, but we request only one survey per person:
Thank you for helping,
 
South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race
Seton Hall University Market Research & Business Consulting Project Team
 
Survey closes on November 17       
 
The survey states that all answers and responses are "fully anonymous and confidential."
 
Survey questions cover demographic information such as age, as well as ask respondents to look at "South Orange/Maplewood's reputation for Black people considering moving here," with responses that included "racially integrated and inclusive community," to "not welcoming to non-whites," and "unequal treatment of people of color."
 
A yes/no question asks,"In your opinion, are Blacks treated as equals in South Orange and Maplewood?"
 
Another question asks, "Briefly explain what changes you think can be made to increase South Orange and Maplewood's attractiveness to Blacks?" with a space given for response.