The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider a proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan during its meeting today.

The board meets at 6:45 p.m. in Room 118 at the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse.

The Board of Commissioners established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee after the death of George Floyd and civil unrest across the country in 2020. It was created to develop recommendations and procedures to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within county government. The advisory committee, which included 22 employees from across county government, first met in September 2020.

According to information in the commissioners’ agenda packet, the advisory committee was established to make recommendations in five primary areas: internal operations; policy development and execution; community outreach; staff recruitment and retention; and training.

One of the goals is to hire a chief diversity officer to oversee diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The process also will include getting feedback from the community through town halls, surveys or community forums; building transparency within county government; and providing continuous training for county employees, according to the proposed plan.

Keyona Smith covers Cumberland County government for CityView TODAY.