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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

昆士市長Tom Koch成立委員會研究多元化及平等公平

昆士市長柯奇(Tom Koch)。(檔案照片)
             (Boston Orange周菊子整理報導)昆士市市長柯奇(Tom Koch)(24)日宣佈成立市長的委員會,以研究昆士市在多元化,平等及包容上的表現。預計今春及夏進行調查,最遲今秋提出改善建議。

             該委員會的任務包括調查昆士市的招聘作業,在接觸所有市民上的努力程度,加強市府個部門和公眾之間的關係與溝通,是否需要聘請一名全職的多元化/平等/包容員工等。

             柯奇表示,一個半世紀以來,昆士市一直是來自世界各地移民定居的地方,美國也是不同國家,族裔,宗教,種族及語言的熔爐。昆士市定期自我評估表現,以確保能夠持續滿足市府所服務所有人們的不斷衍化需要。

             柯奇還補充道,昆士市的最大資產就是人民,學生們在進出教室的上學受教育過程中,吸收了不同文化,傳統,觀點,及經驗而大為受益。

             昆士市的人口非常多元,有41%自認為是亞裔,黑人,美國土著,西班牙裔或多族裔。根據昆士市公校系統數據,有60%的學生是非白人。麻州政府也因此認可昆士市為少數族裔佔多數的城市。

             統計數據顯示,38%的昆士市家庭,家中至少有一人說一種英語以外的語言。33%的昆士居民出生於另一個國家,這比州政府的平均數據高二倍,比大波士頓/劍橋市都會區高一倍半。

             柯奇市長表示,設立這多元,平等及包容委員會,他不僅只是要在如何服務大眾上做有意義的改進,更要傳達所有居民在昆士市內都受重視的訊息。他說,我認為我們在這方面做得很好,但永遠都可以再改進

Below is from the City of Quincy:

Mayor Koch Forms Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

QUINCY, MA March 24, 2021 Mayor Thomas Koch announced that he is establishing a Mayoral Commission to study the

city’s performance on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The committee will be tasked with investigating the city’s

recruitment and hiring practices, public outreach efforts to all populations, access to public facilities, enhancing relationship

and communication between City government/departments and the public, the need for a full-time

Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Officer, and maintaining/creating a welcoming environment for all people.

“For more than a century and a half, Quincy has been a city where immigrants from around the world have settled,” said

Mayor Koch. “We are a melting pot of different national origins, ethnicities, religions, races, and languages. Its important

that we regularly self-assess our performance to ensure that we continue to meet the evolving needs of all the people

whom we serve.”

The committee will be tasked with investigating particular areas of importance and making recommendations for how the

city can best serve its entire population. Mayor Koch will request that the committee conduct their work through the

Spring and Summer and have recommendations available for implementation not later than this Fall

Added Mayor Koch, “Quincy’s greatest asset is its people, whether they be lifetime Quincy residents, first-generation

Americans, or anywhere in between. Our schools benefit greatly from our diversity as students absorb different cultures,

traditions, perspectives, and experiences as part of their own education inside and out of the classroom. Our business

community also benefits greatly from the entrepreneurial spirit of many of our first-generation Americans. We want to

make sure Quincy remains a welcoming community to people from around the globe.”

Quincy’s diverse population includes 41% of the population that identifies as either Asian, Black, Native, Hispanic, or multiracial.

More than 60% of the Quincy Public School students identify as an ethnicity other than “white” according to QPS

and DESE data, making Quincy a State-recognized “majority-minority” district.

Statistics show that 38% of households in Quincy have a language other than English spoken in the home. More than 33%

of Quincy residents were born in another country, which is more than double the State average and one-and-a-half times

higher than the greater Boston/Cambridge Metro Area.

Added Koch, “My goal for this Mayoral Commission is not just to make meaningful improvements in how we serve the

public but to also send a message that all residents are valued in our community. I think we do a decent job with that now

but we can always improve. I want to thank the folks that volunteered to serve on this important commission and I look

forward to their recommendations.”

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