On the heels of local clergy urging Natick to form a committee on diversity, equity & inclusion, and in light of current tensions over such matters, the Board of Selectmen will discuss on Wednesday a proposal to form such a body.
In a memo dated July 1 to the Natick Select Board from members Karen Adelman-Foster and Sue Salamoff, they write: “We believe that for such a town agency to be effective, its scope, charge, composition and appointing structure must be developed with careful thought and extensive input – including by and from people who may differ from those of us serving on the Select Board today.”
But before there will be a committee, there would be a 9-person task force appointed by the board. The task force would include at least one Select Board member, 2 designees of the School Committee, and 6 others with a variety of experience, including that in diversity, equity, inclusion and racial justice.
The task force would tap the community and town government for insights, including how to report and resolve incidents of discrimination, and report back to the board within 4 months of its creation.