Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission

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Purpose

The purpose of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission (DEI) is to increase cooperation, understanding, and dialog among residents of diverse cultural, religious, socio-economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and to promote inclusion throughout the town. The Commission shall also critically consider intersections among these groups to facilitate learning, understanding, and unity. The goal is for everyone who lives in Concord, works in Concord, attends school in Concord, participates in a Concord faith community, or visits Concord for whatever reason to be welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.

Diversity refers to population groups that have been historically underrepresented in socially, politically, or economically powerful institutions and organizations. These groups include, but are not restricted to populations of color, such as African Americans and Blacks, Latinx, Hispanics, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. They may also include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, people with disabilities and other groups distinguished by their ethnicity, native or indigenous origin, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, appearance, language, accent, education, or nationality.

Equity is an approach based in fairness to ensuring everyone is given equal opportunity; this means that resources may be divided and shared unequally to make sure that each person has a fair chance to succeed. Equity takes into account that people have different access to resources because of a system of oppression and privilege. Equity seeks to balance that disparity. Equity prioritizes efforts to ensure the most underserved and marginalized among us has as much of an opportunity to succeed as the most well-served and advantaged. By taking the various advantages and disadvantages that people face into account, we work to ensure that every person has an equal opportunity to succeed.

Inclusion is the dynamic state of operating in which diversity is leveraged to create a healthy, high-performing organization and community. Inclusion refers to the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes within an organization or group. An inclusive environment ensures equitable access to resources and opportunities for all. It also enables individuals and groups to feel safe, respected, engaged, motivated, and valued for who they are and for their contributions toward organizational and societal goals.

Committee Charge

Diversity Equity & Inclusion Commission Charge

Members

Andrea Foncerrada, Co-ChairMay 31, 2024
Joe Palumbo, Co-ChairMay 31, 2025
Kristen Hagerty, ClerkMay 31, 2025
Nancy BrownMay 31, 2026
Rose CratsleyMay 31, 2024
Josh LeeMay 31, 2025
Roberto MunroMay 31, 2026
Ji OrloffMay 31, 2026
Jimi Two FeathersMay 31, 2024


Minutes and Agendas

Agendas are posted in advance of the meeting. Minutes are posted following approval. View most recent Agendas & Minutes.

Meeting Schedule

Commission meetings are held every third Wednesday on an alternating schedule of meetings at noon on Zoom and at 7 PM hybrid at the Town House.  Meetings times/dates are subject to change.  See the Agenda Center for agendas.

2024 Meeting Schedule  

Contact

Contact the DEI Commission at dei@concordma.gov


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