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Council Reaffirms Commitment to Advance Inclusion and Equity

Bethann Steiner, Communications Director

The governing Council of the Mass Cultural Council voted unanimously yesterday to approve a Resolution put forth to recommit to the Agency’s strategic pillar focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Given the current national conversation around race, equity, and social justice, we are proud to amplify the Council’s renewed commitment to this work.

The following resolution was developed in consultation with Agency staff who identify as persons of color and reflects objectives within our strategic plan published in May 2017.

RESOLVED: Recognizing recent events that have occurred in the nation and the renewed awareness of the presence of systemic racism in our society, the Council hereby affirms a dedication to evaluating the progress made toward the objectives contained in the “Advancing Inclusion and Equity” pillar of its Strategic Plan which is provided below.

ADVANCING INCLUSION AND EQUITY

Promote more diverse and inclusive participation in the cultural sector by ensuring equity in policies, practices, and opportunities.

Objectives

  • Cultivate a culture of equity and inclusion within Mass Cultural Council to ensure these values are reflected in all of our grants and initiatives.
  • Encourage full participation in Mass Cultural Council-supported programs by promoting universal design principles, inclusive practices, and equitable access for all.
  • Increase diversity in the sector by creating connections and expanding leadership opportunities for people of color, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.
  • Support artists and organizations working in diverse cultural traditions and/or underrepresented communities, with improved outreach, focused investment, and technical assistance.

As part of this renewed commitment, each Council meeting will now include dedicated time for reporting on the Agency’s DEI efforts. A call for more diversity in staff, Agency leadership, and Council leadership was also underscored.


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