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Editor’s note: A week after the Select Board unanimously approved the formation of a nine-member Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, they have released a description of the type of experience they are seeking. Applications are online at westfordma.gov.
Member selection criteria
Extensive exposure and/or experience with at least one of the following: is a member of a community where issues of diversity, equity and inclusion exist, has been trained in the dynamics of diversity and how organizations have brought effective and positive change, and/or is professionally involved with human resources.
These are not meant to be all inclusive but represent the kinds of exposures being sought. Skills beneficial to performing the work of the Committee would include demographic analysis, finance/accounting, law, project management, social services/sciences, survey design and analysis.
Candidate follow up questions
Please detail your involvement with and exposure to one or several of the diverse communities identified in the charter. Please describe any relevant skills and training you have that will be of service to the work of the committee and that meet the criteria and skills sought above.
What are your top two to three concerns in the community related to diversity, equity and inclusion and what are some initial ways you seek to bring positive change?
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee will serve as an advisory committee to the Town of Westford and whose duties shall be to provide advice and recommendations to the Select Board and School Committee. The Committee will identify needs around fostering acceptance and valuing diversity; and discourage prejudice and discrimination against any person, group, or any other status protected by law on account of race, creed, color, income, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, or disability. The Committee will review town and school policies and procedures and make recommendations to ensure that they advance equity and diversity where the committee has identified deficiencies.
The Committee will first report to the Select Board and School Committee on the progress of its work by the end of 2020.