Social Equity and Racial Justice Commission
October 7, 2021 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Remote Meeting via Zoom
1: Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 4:10 p.m.
Attendance: Choudhary, Gillis, Kai, Muse, Garret, Simon, Williams, Yamaguchi, Elson, DeQuenne (council liaison), Seltzer (staff liaison)
2: Approval of Minutes:
Motion: Elson/Yamaguchi moved to approve of the minutes as presented. Motion passed.
3: Commissioner Elson Introduction:
Elson provided a brief background of her history and interest in serving on the SERJ commission.
4. Public Input: None
HR Director Tina Gray was unable to attend the meeting. The commission reviewed her responses to the questions submitted in advance. The group discussed the responses and recognize that to get initiatives in place lots of work needs to be done. The commission will develop a list of recommendations to bring forward to the council.
Motion: Simon/Gillis to form a sub committee to develop a specific list of recommendations to address the responses from Tina. Motion passes.
Simon, Elson, and Choudhary will work as a sub committee to develop a list of clarification questions to the responses from Tina and to develop a list of recommendations to bring forward.
6: Update of Conciliatory Services sub committee work:
The sub committee provided an update on the work of developing a list of conciliatory services. They will vet the identified services to determine, costs, availability, experience etc. In addition, they will consider the steps necessary to develop a process for citizens to come forward to the commission.
Garret suggested adding an additional member of the sub committee. Yamaguchi agreed to join the Conciliatory Services sub committee.
7: Show of hands for regular meeting.
The commission selected the first Thursday of the month at 5:00 as its regular monthly meeting.
8: Name three qualities of a skilled chairperson.
Each commissioner spoke about the qualities they believe are important for a chair person.
9: Wrap up and Items to be added to future agendas.
• Election of a chair.
• Update of sub committees.
• Review Workplan.
9: Adjourn: the meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.