The Cumberland County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee held its first meeting on Sept. 11 at the Department of Social Services. The committee’s purpose is to advise and guide County government to ensure integration of diversity, equity and inclusion with the County’s mission, operations, strategies, and business objectives.
Twenty-two employees were selected to serve on the committee. DSS Director Brenda Jackson and Finance Director Vicki Evans, the County’s General Managers, are serving as the co-conveners.
The DEI will review Cumberland County Government programs, policies, and initiatives and make recommendations to County Management and the Board of County Commissioners in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. They will also develop a strategic plan focused on advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the areas of policy, training, staff recruitment and retention, internal operations and community outreach/engagement.
Top row: Duane Holder, Amy Cannon, Brenda Jackson, Denise Schunk. Next from top: Timothy Middleton (yellow shirt), Vicki Evans, Hardin Brown, Ricky Hairr, Alvin Chestnut, Tracy Jackson, Vincent Evans Sally Shutt. Middle steps: Mia Kaleiwahea-Perry, Alissa Brashear, Ivonne Mendez, Annie Thomas, Kelly Moore, Sara Reyes, Tye Vaught. Standing ground level: Garry Crumpler, Cheribeth Thomas, Al Flores, Cynthia McKinley, Dr. Jennifer Green, Nora Armstrong, Dr. April Kelly.