Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

At the Select Board Meeting on 8/25/2020, the Board voted to approve the following charge:

Select Board's Charge to the Committee

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.

At their meeting on 7/14/20, the Select Board invited members of our community to express their interest in being appointed to a new working group, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group. Interested residents may fill out a Citizen’s Activity Form at: https://data.westfordma.gov/bc/newcaf.php

Committee 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.