Our municipal workforce is much less diverse than the region it serves. For younger employees of color, the imbalance is even more extreme.
That's what MAPC found in "The Diversity Deficit: Municipal Employees in Metro Boston." The research analyzes the demographics of municipal employees in 164 Metro Boston cities and towns. These employees are overwhelmingly whiter and older than the communities or region they serve, creating a looming diversity challenge as public employees retire.
On Tuesday, July 14, MAPC hosted a virtual dialogue on the report and its findings. Speakers included regional and national experts on race and equity, including:
- Dr. Seleeke Flingai, Lead Researcher and Report Author
- Dr. Yvonne Spicer, Mayor of Framingham, moderator
- Gordon Goodwin, Director, Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)
- Brandy H. M. Brooks, Director of Strategy & Development, One Square World
- Adam Chapdelaine, Arlington Town Manager
Watch the recording of the event above or by clicking here.
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