Equity and Inclusion Committee

The Equity and Inclusion Committee will:

  • Review COC reports that present data on disparities, (primarily the Annual Racial Disparities report) and make recommendations to the Board and Collaborative Applicant based on findings.   

  • Support the CoC in conducting surveys and evaluations, about racial equity in our practices.  For example, create surveys to Identify barriers to professional advancement. 

  • Evaluate CoC policies and procedures to ensure that we provide equitable, and trauma-informed practices, in our housing work and make recommendations of policy change based on findings. For example, changing Coordinated Entry prioritization to address equity in housing referrals. 

  •  Monitor language and dissemination of COC communications to remove barriers to inclusivity. For example, reviewing, and revising job descriptions with a racial equity lens. 

  •  Set expectations for and evaluate how the CoC is supporting inclusion of people from underrepresented groups in the workforce including, varying races, ethnicity, gender, class, disability, economic level, and sexual orientation.  For example, rate all hiring managers on recruitment, retention and promotion of underrepresented staff. 

  •  Monitor and support the implementation of an anti-discrimination policy, which ensures equal access to housing for protected classes in HUD programs.   

  • Support matters of equal access and cultural sensitivity of our programs and practices for various populations, including accessibility for hearing impaired and other languages. 

  • Collaborate with other CoC committees around CE-related goals and action steps, including the Youth and Young Adult Committee, CE Committee, and Data Evaluation Committee 

  • Create and/or provide ongoing training, such as, Leadership training for BIPOC staff, Unconscious Bias and Racism training, cultural humility and professional development opportunities.  For example, to create career paths within and across all agencies, and promote pay equity.  

Meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday from 11:00-12:30 at Community Action Pioneer Valley or on zoom.

2020 Meeting Minutes

 

1/17/20

 

2/21/20

 

5/15/20

 

9/18/20

10/16/20

11/20/20

12/18/20

2021 Meeting Minutes

02/19/21

03/19/21

04/16/21

05/19/21

07/21/21

08/18/21

10/20/21

11/17/21

12/15/21

2022 Meeting Minutes

02/16/22

03/16/22

05/18/22

06/15/22

07/20/22

08/17/22

If you have questions or would like to learn more about this committee, please contact the Coordinated 

Entry Specialist Shaundell Diaz