Hudson task force to focus on diversity, equity, inclusion

Staff Writer
Kent Weeklies

At Tuesday’s Council Meeting, Councilmember Kate Schlademan announced the creation of the Hudson Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

The independent group was formed by concerned students, parents, and educators who saw a need to find ways to take a proactive, anti-racist approach to promoting a multicultural environment infused with diversity, equity, and inclusion starting with the Hudson schools and extending to the community as a whole.

“I am encouraged by how widespread the support of this initiative is,” Schlademan said. “We currently are engaging with students, parents, school administrators, the school board, Western Reserve Academy, Hudson Community First, League of Women Voters, and the Hudson Ministerial Association with the goal of reaching cultural proficiency in all aspects of our community through education, dialogue, and action.”

The Task Force has been working to develop a community wide action plan which would knit together the actions that individual organizations are already pursuing as well as establishing a framework to guide others. For instance, the Hudson School District is developing action plans to present to the school board with the intention of achieving cultural proficiency in all aspects of the school system.

To kick off the education and dialogue aspect of the initiative, Hudson Community First is organizing a community reading event around the book White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo.

Details about the reading event will be available soon. The Group hopes to engage the community in thoughtful discussions about the book in September.

“This is the first of what will be many steps on the way to reaching our goal,” said Schlademan. “We invite the community to join us in this effort to educate ourselves, spark a dialogue, and find ways to take actionable steps to ensure that the resolution condemning racism and encouraging a commitment to fair and equal treatment for all is upheld.”