Town Adopts Updated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Pledge as Black History Month Begins

The Brewster Select Board and Town Administration jointly adopted an updated “Brewster Select Board and Town Administration Pledge to Enhance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for All” at the February 1, 2021 Select Board meeting. 

The updated pledge expands and reinforces one adopted in June 2020. Since then, the Select Board identified “developing a plan to address diversity and inclusion” as a goal in its FY21-22 Strategic Plan. 

Select Board Chair Mary Chaffee introduced the updated pledge to demonstrate the Board’s commitment to providing equal access to opportunities, programs and resources, and to address discrimination more broadly. Town Administrator Peter Lombardi discussed measures the Town has taken and is planning to take. The text of the updated pledge follows.

BREWSTER SELECT BOARD AND TOWN ADMINISTRATION PLEDGE TO ENHANCE DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION FOR ALL 

(Revised Feb. 1, 2021)

As Town leaders we believe:

  • We have a responsibility to understand and address inequality in all forms.
  • A workplace that attracts and retains diverse personnel allows us to serve our residents more productively and creatively.
  • We have a duty to residents, employees, visitors, and businesses to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

We pledge to:

  • Educate ourselves, town employees, and appointed and elected officials on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and promote training to mitigate biases in implementing town programs and policies.
  • Review our existing systems, policies, practices, and procedures and, where necessary, make meaningful changes to build a stronger, more equitable community.
  • Encourage diverse voices and representation on town boards and committees.
  • Hire and promote team members who reflect that they value diversity, inclusion, equity, and respect for all people.
  • Encourage respectful discussion and cooperation among all individuals and groups in our community.
  • Work on behalf of all residents, employees and visitors to ensure that Brewster is a place where all can live, work, or visit with equal access to opportunities, programs, and resources regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, citizenship, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.