Social Equity and Racial Justice Commission
September 8. 2021 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Remote Meeting via Zoom
1: Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 5:03 p.m.
Attendance: Choudhary, Gillis, Jenkins, Kai, Muse, Garret, Simon, Williams, Yamaguchi, DeQuenne (council liaison), Seltzer (staff liaison)
Mayor Aikins welcomed the commission, thanked the members for their work and introduced the new staff lisiaon Ann Seltzer. She explained that Seltzer would chair the first few meetings until the commission felt they were ready to elect a chair.
2: Staff Liaison Introduction:
Seltzer introduced herself and gave a brief backgound of her time in Ashland and work history. She explained the role of a staff liaison, noted that newly formed commission can be challenging for both commission members and staff, and called attention to the meeting givens listed on the agenda.
3: Approval of Minutes:
Motion: Simon/Kai moved to approve of the minutes as presented. Motion passed.
4: Commission Introductions: Each commissioner introduced themselves and provided a brief background.
5: Public Input: None
6: Review Duties of the SERJ Commissioon:
The commission reviewed the duties as defined in Ordinance No. 3197 creating the Social Equity and Racial Justice Commission and adopted by Council in May 2021. Seltzer called attention to section H noting action items the commission could begin to work on.
7: Review Workplan: The commission reviewed the workplace developed by Councilors DuQuenne and Graham. Seltzer noted two actions items that the commission could begin to work on.
The commission discussed how to proceed with their work. The commission is interested to know what the City is currently doing internally to ensure cultural competancey, inclusion and outreach in recruiting and more. The commission asked if staff could attend the next meeting and speak to the City’s practices on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Motion: Simon/Gillis moved to ask HR Director Tina Gray to attend the next meeting if possible, second by Gillis. Motion passed.
8: Wrap up and Items to be added to future agendas.
Nataki, Gillis and Muse volunteered to work together on the action item identified in the ordinance to develop a list of resources for area cocilliatory services and qualified services of impartial advise and counsel. They will work as a subcommittee and bring their work back to the full commission for review.
Simon asked that she not be interupted when she is speaking. Staff will add ‘don’t interupt’ to the list of meeting givens.
9: Adjourn: the meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.