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Mount Greylock Group Works to Promote Inclusion in 'Incredibly Undiverse Building'

The DEI Working Group of the Mount Greylock School Council hosted a 90-minute virtual conference on Tuesday attended by more than a dozen community residents, including several with ties to other groups addressing the same issues.

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BCC Announces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

The first plans for the council began in the summer, while BCC staff were preparing for a remote learning semester in the fall.

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Williamstown Town Meeting Rejects Pot Bylaws

Williamstown's four-hour annual town meeting Tuesday likely will have the result of the Planning Board taking up the night's most contentious issue for another go at the 2021 annual town meeting.

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Letter: Town Meeting Vote: 'Bend The Arc Toward Racial Justice'

On Aug. 18, Williamstown residents will have the opportunity to vote on the NIOC pledge. A vote for this pledge is an acknowledgement, a collective addressing, and a commitment to inclusiveness, tolerance and respect for all and is one way to reverse the very real wrongs and historical instances of ugliness in the Village Beautiful.

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Williamstown's DIRE Committee Divides Workload

Keeping with the members' desire to focus on evidence gathering as the nine-person committee gets up and running, all three of the initial groups are tasked with building up the knowledge base.

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Williamstown Select Board Recommends Social Justice Articles to Town Meeting

The Select Board on Monday recommended to town meeting passage of two warrant articles designed to address issues of racial equity and diversity after reconsidering an earlier decision to make no recommendation on one of the measures.

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Williamstown's Diversity Committee Holds First Meeting

The Diversity, Inclusion, Race and Equity Committee held its inaugural meeting Monday evening and decided that, for the foreseeable future, the panel will meet on a weekly basis.

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Williamstown Select Board Appoints Members to Diversity Panel

The Select Board on Monday appointed eight community members and one member of its own panel to serve on a newly formed advisory committee on diversity and equity.

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Pittsfield to Explore Forming Office Of Diversity

The city will explore creating an office of diversity, equity, and inclusion to address issues in both the city government and the schools.

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Pittsfield Gets Grant to Help Recruit Teachers of Color

The School Department reeled in a $42,000 grant to help recruit new teachers, particularly those of color. Superintendent Jason McCandless said the program will connect teachers studying at North Carolina Agriculture and Technical University. In the summer the district will bring a group of the students studying there to the Berkshires, introduce them to the school system, show them around the area, and talk to them about the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure.

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Pittsfield Councilors Requested, Not Required, to Take Cultural Competency Training

City councilors will go through cultural competency and implicit bias training if they want. The council unanimously approved a petition from Councilors Helen Moon, Donna Todd Rivers, Youth Alive Executive Director Shirley Edgerton, and local NAACP branch President Dennis Powell requesting that all councilors go through the training aimed to help interact effectively with people from all cultures.

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