ADOPTED ON AUGUST 10, 2020
The Select Board of the Town of Groton states unequivocally that we stand in solidarity with Black, Brown, Indigenous, and all People of Color against racial injustice and for racial equity.
The Select Board celebrates the diversity of the community it serves and the individuals it employs, embracing the differences in race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, economic status, disability, gender identity and sexual orientation.
The Select Board believes it has a responsibility to capitalize on the strength emanating from these differences and has a duty to ensure its employees, citizens, business associates and the members of the general public are treated with dignity and respect in all of their duties and dealings with the Town of Groton.
The Select Board believes a workplace that attracts and retains diverse personnel will allow it to serve its citizenry more creatively, strategically, and productively. A successful inclusion and diversity program will ensure these objectives, goals, and priorities are maintained.
We take our commitment to inclusivity seriously by committing to Equal Opportunity Employment. Still, we can do more. We can be better. There can be no complacency. No “good enough.” To that end, we pledge:
To listen carefully and engage in conversations about race and white privilege by acknowledging the systematic racism in our culture.
- To create a Diversity Task Force, who can offer recommendations and programs to respond to issues and concerns from the community.
- To increase our broader understanding by providing various anti-racism and anti-bias training for all staff members.
- To further develop and promote equitable hiring policies and leadership cultivation at all levels of our organization.
- This is our commitment and our pledge. To listen, to engage and to be mindful in creating and maintaining a level of service that respects every person.