Demand a Chief Diversity Officer for Springfield, MA
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On June 19th, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno vetoed an important ordinance that would create a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) in Springfield in order to enhance diversity within our city's workforce. Springfield is the only municipality within the commonwealth that does not have a CDO position. Boston has one, Framingham has one, and private institutions such as Springfield College and MGM have one as well. A 2017 study published by the University of Massachusetts Boston states that the Springfield population is approximately 45.1% Latino, 31% White, and 17.8% Black. The City of Springfield prides itself on being diverse—yet we are not seeing these numbers reflected in our city's workforce. The city currently has a Equal Employment Administrator, who does not have nearly enough power as the proposed CDO, and in most cases finds its hands tied due to working under the Human Resources. Mayor Sarno has refused to have a meeting with Councilor Marcus Williams, author of the CDO ordinance. Springfield City Council has scheduled an override vote for July 16th; join us now, and demand true representation of who we are.
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