In December 2021, the Charles County Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution 2021-24 Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not buzzwords or short-term trends. In an increasingly changing and interconnected world, they are the foundation of a public workforce that is more adaptable, innovative, and productive. Maryland counties are actively working to engage in best practices to promote a workplace that reflects their changing demographics. Charles county is one such example.
“I am proud that our board approved this resolution, and furthered its priority to make our policies and practices in alignment with inclusion and equity,” said Commissioners President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. “As shown by the 2020 Census, Charles County has vastly changed in its demographics and the people that we serve on the local level in the past ten years. It is vital that we change our policies and practices to advance equity, address disparities, and best serve our changing community.”
According to a County press release:
The resolution highlights the importance of intentional consideration of diversity, equity, and inclusion in every facet of the work of public servants; creating equitable opportunities for all residents; embracing diversity; and addressing disparities.
As a part of this resolution, County Commissioners requested county staff to research and develop an equity impact assessment that shall be used as a tool for assessing the actual or anticipated effect of proposed policies, institutional practices, programs, plans, and budgetary decisions considered by the Board of Commissioners.