FERNDALE, Wash. — Members of the Ferndale City Council recently recommended and unanimously approved formation of what’s being referred to as the “Equity Advisory Committee.” As a result, City staff are now seeking volunteers to serve on it.
Qualified applicants for the 7-member committee are required to show “a demonstrated interest in, and knowledge and support of equity and diversity” according to the City’s website. Applicants do not need to live within the City of Ferndale but within the Ferndale School District boundaries for at least 1 year.
The committee’s goals are to help the city attract diverse and well-qualified staff, facilitate trainings and educational opportunities around race and equity, and “research ways to increase equity in regard to housing, land use, hiring, policing, mental health, transportation, accessibility, systemic poverty, aging populations, racial and non-racial cultural divisions and more to find policy-based solutions.”City of Ferndale call for volunteers (November 10, 2020)
The committee is empowered to research and present recommendations to City staff and the City Council.