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Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Resolution #2020-0234

Resolution to Create a Diversity and Inclusion Committee

WHEREAS, Bernards Township is a community dedicated to fostering a welcoming environment and providing its residents with an exceptional place to live; and 

WHEREAS, Bernards Township believes in the inherent dignity and worth of each human being and that our community can become even stronger, more cohesive and more interesting by embracing its diversity and capitalizing on the strength resulting from that diversity; and

WHEREAS, Bernards Township believes learning about our differences can bring people closer together, allow us to recognize how much we have in common as human beings, and further advance and enhance the mutual respect, hospitality and warmth of our community; and 

WHEREAS, Bernards Township believes it is best to explore these topics in an open, positive environment.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Bernards Township Committee, County of Somerset, State of New Jersey as follows:

  • The Township Committee hereby authorizes the establishment of a committee to be named the “Diversity and Inclusion Committee” dedicated to fostering an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance of each individual to further strengthen Bernards Township as a welcoming exceptional place to live, work and grow.
  • The duties of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee shall be as follows:
  • To advise the Township Committee, at least twice annually, on opportunities to continue to promote and build on harmony among all Township residents;
  • To further advise on ways to encourage goodwill, cooperation, and unity among the diverse residents of the Township;
  • To recommend educational and cultural programs to foster unity and develop a sense of community; and
  • Such other duties as shall be suggested and approved by the Township Committee.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the membership of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee shall consist of 11 members, which shall formally meet on a monthly basis. The monthly meetings shall be open to the public. Members shall be selected by the Township Committee consensus and should, to the greatest extent possible, reflect the diversity of Bernards Township and serve for a period of one year.  The Township Committee shall annually designate one of the members to serve as Chair and presiding officer.

The Township Committee shall appoint members so as to obtain a committee with as broad a variety of experiences, perspectives and backgrounds as possible.  Qualifications to serve on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee shall include:

  • Comity towards all
  • An open mind
  • A sense of community

Membership and qualifications to the Committee may include but shall not be limited to the following: 

  • A representative from the Township Committee. 
  • A representative of the Township Police Department. 
  • A representative from the local school district administration. 
  • A representative of local religious groups. 
  • A representative with significant knowledge of diversity and inclusion training or facilitation. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED the Bernards Township Diversity and Inclusion Committee will organize immediately upon its appointment by all members of the Township Committee.

Agenda and Date Voted:        09/29/2020