Toward an Equitable and Just Community

Lexington's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Work

The Town of Lexington is committed to ensuring that Lexington is a safe, equitable and just community for all.

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Sharon GundaToward an Equitable and Just Community For All, a short video featuring Lexington's Core Staff Team on DEI, as well as members of the Citizen Advisory Council, speaking about DEI.

Astrid & Apollo and the Starry Campout book coverRead the Cary Library Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices Special Edition Newsletter. It includes statements from two Asian Americans as well as book recommendations for all ages, from preschool to adult.

Word cloudSee the information gathered from our December, 2020, Racial Equity Focus GroupsThis information will be used to help shape the next steps in our journey with All Aces, our DEI consultant. This is not a report.

Following  the national dialog on issues of social and racial equity, in the summer of 2020, the Select Board began a more formal process of examining our policies, procedures and practices as they relate to municipal operations. This includes engaging professionals in the field, and outside consultants, to ensure comprehensive, unbiased evaluation.

The Select Board and Town Management are committed to ensuring that our community is free from racism, discrimination, and hate.

    Efforts currently underway include:

    • Engaging All Aces, Inc. to serve as our Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Transformation (DIET) partner. During this engagement, the Town will develop a comprehensive race equity plan to ensure that Lexington is an equitable community, employer, and place for business.
    • Working with a Core Team made up of municipal staff and a Citizen Advisory Council, made up of members from community organizations and committees representing the diversity of Lexington's municipal workforce and population.
    • Providing Racial Equity training for staff and the community.
    • Creating a new staff position in the Town Manager's Office responsible for DEI efforts.
    • Establishing an online resource for all residents in conjunction with All Aces, providing an interactive, curated space of equity resources, discussion and learning opportunities.
    • Joining both the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and the National League of Cities (NLC) in order to take advantage of their collective Racial Equity resources.
    • Ongoing Racial and Social Equity update at every regular Select Board meeting.
    • Engaging the services of Town Counsel to begin the work of reviewing all Town policies. The starting point of this work was a review of the Police Department policies to ensure there is no unintended bias or discriminatory language and to make recommendations to the Select Board.
    • Introducing the men and women of the Police Department through short video clips that explain their work with the community, and the services and functions of the Department. 

    As we continue to move forward, we will post the status of these items on this page.

    See our staff training, public programs and other work in this area over the past few years.

    View the All Aces Intro Video

    Racial Equity Focus Groups

    All Aces, our consulting partner, held facilitated focus groups during the week of December 14, 2020 with representatives from cultural and community groups, Town staff and committee members and other interested community members.

    The input provided through these focus groups, and the online comment form, will help All Aces make recommendations to Town staff and the community moving forward.

    See the information gathered from the racial equity focus groups.

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