Advisory Committee on Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Human Rights
Advisory Committee on Racial Equity, Inclusion and Human Rights
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.
Regular members of the Committee shall be appointed by the City Council. All members shall be at-large members. The Council shall work to include members with a wide variety of perspectives and interests on the Committee, such as, but not limited to, perspectives and interests of the following:
1. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
2. The Penobscot Nation or Wabanaki interests.
3. Bangor Chamber of Commerce or Bangor business interests.
4. Local educational institutions or medical service providers.
5. LGBTQ interests.
6. The Maine Multicultural Center.
7. Religious or spiritual interests.
8. Labor or worker interests.
C. There shall also be four non-voting members of the Committee. These non-voting members shall include:
1. The City Manager as an ex-officio member.
2. The Superintendent of Schools as an ex-officio member.
3. A student attending Bangor High School.
4. A Bangor resident attending Beal University, Eastern Maine Community College, Husson University, the Penobscot Job Corps Center, United Technologies Center (UTC), or the University of Maine.