Coming Together, 22 Appointed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee


Members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee met for the first time on Nov. 4 and are scheduled to meet again on Nov. 18.

In the meantime, almost all of the 22 newly appointed members have completed a survey designed to “narrow down focus areas and potentially build subcommittees based on the areas that were highest ranked,” said Anita Tonakarn -Nguyen, who is temporarily serving as chair along with School Committee liaison Mingquan Zheng.

Once committee members elect a chair, the two liaisons will take a lesser role, Tonakarn-Nguyen said.

“How the Committee will ultimately use the survey findings is completely up to them,” Tonakarn-Nguyen added.

Editor’s note: What follows is a brief Q & A responded to by Tonakarn-Nguyen.

*When was the survey completed?

  • It was completed between Nov. 11 and today (Nov. 17).
*How many took the survey?
  • As of this morning, 19 members completed the survey.  The results that you see posted show that 18 committee members have completed the survey. One additional member completed it this morning and the survey results need to be updated as a result.  There are 3 members who haven’t completed it, but I asked them to reach out if they’d like to before our meeting.
*How will the DEI Committee make use of it?
  • The intent of the survey was to help the DEI Committee narrow down focus areas and potentially build subcommittees based on the areas that were highest ranked.  How the Committee will ultimately use the survey findings is completely up to them.
*How will it help?
  • The topic areas in the survey were pulled from their 22 member applications.  The survey was to help prioritize focus areas (out of the many DEI areas in general) to initially address.
*Will it be discussed at tomorrow’s meeting?
  • Yes.


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