INCLUSIVE PRACTICES

Statement of Inclusion

This year, the Northwest Regional Planning Commission Board of Commissioners adopted a statement of inclusion, modified from the Municipal Declaration of Inclusion. The declaration of inclusion is intended to guide the work of NRPC and reflects our intentions and guiding principles. It reads as follows:

Northwest Regional Planning Commission

Statement of Inclusion

Adopted by the Board of Commissioners

NRPC celebrates diversity and welcomes all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or disability. NRPC wants everyone to feel and be safe and welcome in the communities we serve. We formally condemn racism and discrimination in all of its forms, and commit to fair and equitable treatment of everyone in our communities. NRPC strives to ensure all of our actions, policies, and operating procedures reflect this commitment. NRPC has and will continue to support its member communities as places where all individuals can live freely, express their opinions, and feel a sense of belonging.

The Northwest Regional Planning Commission is in the midst of a year-long effort to learn and understand the issues and opportunities surrounding ethical leadership, justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. We are being assisted by Dr. Jude Smith Rachele of Abundant Sun.

Resources

For Board Members

Abundant Sun

Board Meeting Recordings

 

For Municipalities

Vermont Declaration of Inclusion

Municipal Engagement for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion created by Vermont’s Local Solutions and Community Action Team

Vermont Office of Racial Equity

 

Further Resources for Learning

Action and Allyship, An On-Ramp Towards Equity developed by the Vermont Office of Racial Equity

LinkTree with further resources for in person and online events and media relating to equity

Vermont Racial Equity Advisory Panel