Communiversity began in 2009 as the Bristol Citizens Municipal Acadamy. The program is an excellent way for residents to be educated on the ways in which the City functions, it builds positive relationships and increases communication between government officials and citizens as well as inspire future municipal leaders by serving on one of the many City boards and commissions.
One of the best ways to teach the community what you do is by explaining it first-hand to our residents. The Bristol Communiversity academy is a group of 10 to 15 city residents - who enroll in a 6-week crash course on City Government. They learn what we do, and why we do it. It has been a successful program with many graduates becoming an active member of the City of Bristol's government including being a member of City Council.
Classes are held on consecutive Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and runs for 6 weeks. The participants will be awarded their graduation certificate and be publically recognized.
Meet & Greet
During each session, participants will have the opportunity to meet most all administrative staff including the City Manager, Fire Chief, Police Chief and other department head. Classes include discovering the Big Picture with the City Manager, Bill Sorah and Finance Director Tara Musick. Other class topics will include Developing and Maintaining the Community, Public Infrastructure, Parks and Recreation Service Opportunities and Public Safety – Police and Fire.
There is no cost to participate in the academy. Also, a light dinner is served due to the hours of the classes. There is always plenty of one-on-one time with the different speakers and they are always happy to address any questions one might have.