Social Equity and Racial Justice Commission
December 2, 2021, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Remote Meeting via Zoom
1. Call to order: 5:03
Attendance: Yamaguchi, Gillis, Simon, Garret, Muse, Cowden, DuQuenne (council liaison), Seltzer (staff liaison)
Absent: Elson, Choudhary, Jenkins, Williams
2. Welcome and introduction Anne Cowden: Delayed to the January meeting due to technical difficulties.
3. Approval of Minutes:
: Gillis/Yamaguchi moved approval of the minutes as presented. Motion passes.
4. Election of Chair
Yamaguchi nominated herself as chair and explained why she is interested in the position and why she would be good in the role. Gillis thanked Yamaguchi for coming forward but expressed interest in a co-chair position between Muse and Simon. Yamaguchi supported the idea.
: Gillis/Yamaguchi moved to elect Muse and Simon as co-chairs. Motion passes.
5 Public Input: None
6. Update of Follow-up sub committee
At Co-chair Simonís request, Seltzer provided an update on the calendar. On December 1, employees were sent instructions on adding the religious holidays available through Microsoft Outlook to their desktop calendars. IT continues to work on adding the religious holidays to the master calendar.
Simon stated her position on the need for a DEI manager. Muse invited commission input on Simonís draft request to council for a DEI manager. Generally, the commission supports the ask and the need. DuQueene expressed support of the request.
7. Update on conciliatory services.
Gillis reported on the various meetings with the identified conciliatory service providers and then asked about the process to get council approval. Seltzer noted that the full commission must first hear from the providers and then vote to recommend the provider(s) to the council.
8. Discussion on SERJ commission report to the City Council in January
Due to previously scheduled plans, Simon will be unavailable to work on the report prior to the SERJ January meeting. Seltzer noted that if need be, SERJ could schedule a special meeting (in addition to the regular meeting), to review and approve the report.
: Simon/Muse moved to request the report to the City Council be delayed to the councilís second meeting in February and discussion of the report by the commission be delayed until the February SERJ meeting on February 3. Motion passes.
9. Council Liaison Update
DuQueene noted that council will review and update the SERJ resolution at the December 7 Council meeting. She also noted that she is working with BASE on Dr. Martin Luther King birthday celebration.
10: Wrap up and future agenda items
There was general discussion about the items for future agendas and adding them to future agendas when time permits.
Meeting adjourned: 6:35 p.m.