Town of Herndon to create diversity and inclusion committee

The Herndon Town Council could create a new diversity and inclusion committee.

The body, called the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, would be tasked with promoting and enhancing the town’s diverse community and connecting the community in a “partnership that celebrates equity and inclusion.”

The matter is up for discussion at a town council meeting tomorrow (Feb. 1).

Council members called on the town to create the committee in July of last year in order to make recommendations to the council that recognizes minority residents and business communities and follow policies that foster diversity and inclusion at-large.

Here’s more from the town on the committee’s objective:

To engage the community by listening and discussing to understand the breadth and depth of issues related to inclusion and equity, and to suggest actionable steps to the Town Council so that under-represented members of our community are seen, heard, and included. The committee’s recommendations may include improvements to town services, practices that enhance diversity, and inclusive cultural programming and events.

The 11-member committee will include seven town residents, two members representing the business community, a non-resident, and one council member, who will serve as chair. Members will serve two-year terms.

The council meets tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Herndon Police Department.

Other matters up for discussion include:

  1. Awarding a contract for improvements along Van Buren Street
  2. The approval of donations from Darrel Trust Funds to Educate Fairfax
  3. The approval of a contract for the carnival at the Herndon Festival

Photo via Town of Herndon

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