The Natick Select Board, which recently gave the go-ahead to forming an Equity Task Force, has opened up an application for possible members. The deadline to fill out the application is Sept. 1.
The Equity Task Force will be an 11-member public entity appointed by the Select Board and whose task will be to recommend to the Board “the mission, scope, charge, composition, term of service, and authority of a town entity to advance equity in the Natick community and town government, and to recommend a set of responsibilities for any professional staff needed to help the town pursue this aim.” Natick might bring in a consultant to work with the Task Force.
The Task Force will include the Town Administrator or designee, two Select Board members, the Human Resources Director, the Superintendent of Schools or designee, a member of the School Committee or designee, and five members at large. Preference will be given to those who have professional or life experience with equity issues, background in community engagement, experience in municipal government.
The Select Board will seek to have the at-large spots represent shall “members of historically marginalized communities.”
The Task Force shall research the experience of other municipalities’ equity-related government entities, as well as what the town and community are doing in the equity sphere. It shall recommend a set of responsibilities for any professional staff needed to help the town advance equity.
The Task Force will be dissolved once it issues its report to the Select Board.