By Councilor Aurora Hurd
The following is an update from the Winooski Commission for Inclusion & Belonging Commission (I&B) which met for the first time on August 11th. The I&B Commission acts as an advisory group for the City Council with a focus on equitable policies and best practices for inclusion. It is one of several equity initiatives that the city is currently engaged in.
The focus of this first meeting was establishing the structure. One of the ways the I&B commission is unique from other commissions is that each member will serve as an ambassador to one of the other commissions: Planning, Finance, Housing, Municipal Infrastructure, and Safe Healthy Connected People. This is to enhance and increase embedding equity into all the work the city does. The I&B commissioners decided among themselves who will be ambassadors to what commission.
Also discussed was a regular meeting time for I&B, which will be the second Thursday of every even-numbered month. On the months I&B does not meet, the commissioners will join the meetings of the commission they are ambassadors to. A draft agenda was also planned for the October I&B meeting, where the commissioners will review the equity audit prior to the meeting, so that it may be discussed to plan how it may support the work of the commission going forward.
We're still looking for new members! To learn more about the important work of this commission and to apply, please visit winooskivt.gov/inclusion.
As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or input.
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