Community input sought on diversity, equity, and inclusion findings

On Thursday, March 25, the public is invited to review findings from a study group commissioned by Mayor Linda Tyer on how local government and Pittsfield public schools can further advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Webinars will be held at noon and 6 p.m.

“Over the past several months, the DEI study group met with community members and leaders to understand our current systems and needs. We also researched models used in other communities to identify potential best practices,” said Director Michael Taylor, of the city’s Department of Human Resources. “We have now developed a set of recommendations that we would like community members to see and respond to. Feedback is extremely important as we work together toward creating a more welcoming and inclusive Pittsfield.”

A short presentation will be given regarding the recommendations, followed by an opportunity to provide verbal or written responses. Spanish interpretation and captions will be available. Individuals with specific needs are asked to call 413-499-9340 or email pittsfielddei@cityofpittsfield.org.

In October 2020, Mayor Tyer established the study group tasked with providing recommendations on enhancing DEI in the following areas: recruitment and retention; leadership and career development; cultural competency training; strategic planning; compliance; advocacy; and education.

To register for the noon webinar, please visit:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ozBd5I2iTUG52Kv-HlG2EA

To register for 6 p.m. webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9sDm1hp4TSS_DY76O7tDOw

For more information, please call the Department of Human Resources at 413-499-9340.