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Select Board Adjusts Groton Diversity Task Force Charge And Membership

by Connie Sartini
Town Manager Mark Haddad advised the Select Board that the recently appointed Diversity Task Force (DTF) has been reviewing the Charge of the Committee over their last several meetings. Based on their work flow and direction, they are proposing to amend the Charge as follows:
     DTF Committee Charge: Study the causes of systemic racism and stereotypes attached to, but not limited to, the following identifiers: age, ability, gender, socioeconomic status, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and culture. The committee will meet with local and state stakeholder groups to identify areas that need to be evaluated to determine if they are still appropriate in today's culture. The committee will provide observations and give recommendations to the Select
     Board and suggest ideas to help to educate the citizens of Groton and make it a more welcoming community.
The DTF will meet for a six-month term beginning in August 2020 and continue through the end of January 2021. An interim report along with an Executive Summary will be delivered no later than February 15, 2021 to both the Select Board and the GDRSD. Should the Select Board choose to continue the committee they may do so via voice vote. Committee Membership (11):
1 Member of the community with a disability
1 member GrotonSelect Board 1 Member GDRSC
1 Member of Groton Interfaith Council
1 Member of the Racial Justice Community Group/Better Groton
1 Groton Council on Aging member
1 Community Member a tLarge
1 Member GrotonSchool
1 Member Lawrence Academy
1 Senior Member from Town Hall/Library
1 Member of the LGBQT+ community
The Select Board voted unanimously to adopt the amended DTF charge.
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