The following is a press release by the City of Framingham
FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham has been selected to participate in the Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan (REMAP) Program, a collaboration between the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Government Alliance for Racial Equity (GARE), and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
The City will receive technical assistance to develop and implement a racial equity municipal action plan to further racial equity in Framingham. The first four months of REMAP includes training, reflection, and self-assessment.
The following eight months will be devoted to crafting and the City’s plan and putting it into action to address the structures that perpetuate racism in our community. Framingham is one of six communities selected for the first REMAP cohort, out of 22 applicants.
“Merriam-Webster defines equity as ‘freedom from bias or favoritism’ and the City, in fact, has made strides regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, but we have much more work to do,” said Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer. “Being one of the first municipalities selected for the REMAP program is a real honor
as we work to make progress in the City and also will provide a strategic jumping-off point for the City’s first Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer.”
For the second consecutive year, the Framingham City Council approved funding for a Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer. The City failed to find a suitable candidate for the post last fiscal year. The Framingham City Council in a 10-1 vote this week, approved the position yet again for the administration.