Equity & Inclusion Committee

MISSION STATEMENT
The Equity & Inclusion Committee has been established by the Mayor in order to promote awareness & action in Somerset on concerns relevant to ethnic, racial and cultural differences (broadly defined also to include sexual orientation & gender role, disability status, & age). The focus should be on finding ways to foster understanding & harmonious relationships across these differences both in Somerset & in the broader environment. The Committee should provide a platform for community engagement & policy recommendations that are aimed to promote appreciation for these differences, as well as collaborative efforts to achieve equity & inclusion both in Somerset and in our broader community.

Somerset Declaration of Inclusion 
The Town of Somerset welcomes all people, regardless of race, skin color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, age, or disability. We formally denounce racism, hate, & discrimination in all forms. We are committed to respectful, fair, & equitable treatment of everyone in our community.

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CHARTER
Committee on Equity and Inclusion

Purpose: The committee shall promote awareness and action in Somerset on concerns relevant to ethnic, racial and cultural differences (broadly defined also to include sexual orientation and gender role, disability status and age). The focus should be on finding ways to foster understanding, and harmonious relationships across these differences both in Somerset and in the broader environment. The committee should provide a platform for community engagement and policy recommendations that are aimed to promote appreciation for these differences, as well as collaborative efforts to achieve equity and inclusion both in Somerset and in our broader community.

Goals
Membership: The committee shall consist of a chair and up to eight additional members. The group will include a non-voting Council liaison member and alternate. The chair and members will be nominated by the mayor and approved by the Town Council.

Term: The committee is established for 24 months and may, after that time, be converted into a standing committee of the Town.

Actions:
Meetings:
Committee meetings shall be conducted in compliance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act. With the assistance of the Town Manager, public notice and an agenda shall be issued prior to the holding of a meeting subject to the Act. Minutes of the meeting shall be promptly prepared, as required by the Act. Once approved by the committee, the meeting minutes shall be given to the Town Manager.

As required by the Act, at least one member of the committee shall complete the online training offered by the Open Meetings Compliance Board. The trainee shall inform the Town Manager once the training has been completed. All members are encouraged to complete the training. The training is available here: https://www.igsr.umd.edu/VLC/OMA/class_oma_title.php.

Records
Records of the committee shall be retained in accordance with the Maryland Public Information Act. Committee members shall review the Town’s Document Retention Schedule and make certain records are retained in accordance therewith.

A pdf version of the Charter can be found here.