The Tewksbury Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee , or TDEIAC, has launched a survey meant to help the group understand town resident, business and employee experiences and perceptions as relates to diversity, equity and inclusion.
“The committee worked hard over the last few months to bring this well-structured, anonymous survey to the community,” said Jayne Wellman, chair of the TDEIAC. “The information we learn from this survey will help inform the committee on future speakers, information sessions, celebrations and focus areas. We encourage everyone with a relationship to Tewksbury to take this survey and share their experiences.”
The survey, which should take 10 to 12 minutes to complete, asks respondents to consider their experiences with schools, town offices, events, businesses and generally across the community. The purpose of the survey is to provide town leadership with the data and insights necessary for community improvements as well as to inform informational opportunities and focus areas.
The survey was put together by the TDEIAC, which was established last year by the Select Board “to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and build a stronger, more unified, welcoming Town that respects and recognizes both its growing diversity, and its commonalities.”
In July, volunteers were interviewed by the Select Board for inclusion; 16 residents applied for six spots, a record for interest in a town committee.
The survey, which will run through early April, supports TDEIAC’s goal of first assessing our community needs. The committee encourages all residents, town employees, business owners and those who work or interact in town to complete the survey either electronically or on paper.
Paper copies of the survey can be found at the Town Managers office (Town Hall, third floor), the Tewksbury Library or the Senior Center.
Results of the survey will be compiled and shared with residents and the Tewksbury Select Board later this year.