Mayor Gary Christenson is reaching out to Malden residents in order to fill one of the “resident member” positions on the Racial Equity Commission. The focus of this Commission will be to examine the consequences of racism on public health and to propose recommendations for a Racial Equity Plan for the City of Malden. The Commission members will be working over the course of 18 months to develop surveys and conduct focus groups, research and interviews with impacted community members, leaders and organizations to document the impacts of racism and discrimination – studying language access, healthcare, mental health/well-being, employment/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 Racial Equity Commission will be comprised of eight individuals, including the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, with varied backgrounds who have knowledge of existing resources, an understanding of how municipal and regional systems function and a solid understanding of systemic racism. One member will be appointed by the Mayor and two will be appointed by the City Council. 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.
To apply, please complete the online Boards and Commissions Application in full at www.cityofmalden.org/BCApplication. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The deadline for accepting applications is Wednesday, February 2 at 5 p.m.