The City Council is reaching out to Malden residents in an effort to fill two of the “resident member” positions on the Racial Equity Commission. The focus of the Commission will be to examine the consequences of racism on public health and propose recommendations for a Racial Equity Plan for the city of Malden. Members of the Commission will be working over the course of 18 months to develop surveys, conduct focus groups, conduct research and interviews with impacted community members, leaders and organizations to document the impacts of racism and discrimination, study language access, healthcare, mental health and well-being, employment and economic mobility and educational needs of the city at the municipal level, in the business community, nonprofit and faith-based communities, schools and beyond.
The Commission will be comprised of eight individuals, including the Diversity. Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Coordinator, who have varied backgrounds and knowledge of existing resources, an understanding of how municipal and regional systems function and a solid understanding of systemic racism. One member is appointed by the Mayor and two are appointed by the City Council. In addition, the School Committee will appoint two members from the student body of the Malden Public Schools, and these members will nominate two additional members. Resident members may serve for two years from date of appointment.
Applicants should email a letter of interest and resume to the Clerk of Committees at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Friday, February 18.