Seeking Members to Serve on the Racial Equity, Inclusion and Human Rights Advisory Committee

Racial Equity and Human Rights

 

 

 

 

By the Newmarket Town Council

Resolution 2021/2022-23 

Creating an Advisory Committee on Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Human Rights 

 

WHEREAS    the Newmarket Town believe that all citizens deserve justice, fair treatment, and recognition of their valuable contributions to the community, and  

WHEREAS    In order to dismantle systemic and structural discrimination within our government and community, local leaders must commit to a long-term action plan that recognizes the differences between individual, institutional, and structural discrimination, as well as the history and current reality of inequities for all marginalized groups, and  

WHEREAS   the Town Council wishes to develop ideas and information to educate individuals, within the organization as well as in the community, focusing on topics of (but not limited to) awareness, sensitivity, equity, inclusion, and diversity. 

NOW THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED BY THE NEWMARKET TOWN COUNCIL, 

1. There is hereby established the Advisory Committee on Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Human Rights. 

2. Seven regular members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Town Council. The Council shall work to include members with a wide variety of perspectives and interests on the Committee. To assist in fulfilling the missions and goals of the Committee, the membership of the Committee should reflect a diverse array of perspectives, including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical ability, religious belief, political belief, and other characteristics and beliefs. 

3. There shall also be four nonvoting members of the Committee. These nonvoting members shall include: 

a. The Town Manager or designee as an ex officio member. 

b. The Chief of Police or designee as an ex officio member.

c. The Superintendent of Schools or designee as an ex officio member. 

d. A student attending Newmarket Junior-Senior High School. 

4. Regular members of the Committee shall be selected primarily based on the guidelines outlined above, but preference may be given to appointing members who are residents of the Town of Newmarket. Regular and student members shall receive no compensation for their service. 

5. The term of each regular member shall be for three years or until his or her successor has been appointed and has qualified; provided that of the members first appointed, two shall be appointed for a term of one year, two for a term of two years, and three for a term of three years. The determination of which first appointed members are appointed for term lengths shall be made randomly. 

a. Any vacancy shall be filled in the same manner for the unexpired term. 

b. No regular member shall serve more than two complete consecutive terms. 

6. The Committee shall annually elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson. 

7. The Committee shall meet at least quarterly. 

8. Prior to December 31 of each calendar year, the Committee may prepare and submit to the City Council an annual report outlining its activities during the preceding twelve-month period. 

9. The Committee's mission is to: 

 a. Develop ideas and information to educate individuals, within the organization as well as in the community, focusing on topics of (but not limited to) awareness, sensitivity, equity, inclusion, and diversity. 

b. Review and advise City staff regarding policies and practices to recruit, hire, on-board, promote, and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce. Specifically, the Committee's work will focus on mitigating the potential for bias in the hiring and retention decisions through consistent, evidence-based tools, procedures, and trainings. 

c. Review applicable ordinances, policies, and programs to ensure that they promote the goal of accepting, respecting, and valuing differences, including attributes such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, sexual identity, ability, language, family circumstances and cultural backgrounds. These efforts will assist Bangor's community in developing diversity and inclusion. 

d. Create greater awareness about opportunities to advance issues of age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, sexual identity, ability, language, family circumstances and cultural backgrounds, to ensure concerns are heard and considered when creating City policy and ordinances. 

10. The goals of the Committee are as follows: 

a. Promote ideas and information to further the spirit of diversity and inclusion. 

b. Provide City staff with input on administrative policies that impact employee, recruitment, hiring, on-boarding, promotional opportunity, and retention of a diverse workforce. 

c. Engage and be a resource for the community in ways to incorporate diversity, inclusion, and equity into our community through development of ordinances, policies, and programs. 

d. Educate community members about and refer community members to other potentially useful resources 

11. In the course of its duties, the Committee may from time-to-time address matters in which some related materials are confidential and therefore not accessible by the Committee, such as employee records or discipline or police investigations. Committee members shall respect the confidentiality of such records. 

12. The Committee is not intended as a replacement for, or to prevent community members from going to, the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or other legal bodies. 

Approved February 16, 2022