Hudson Diversity Equity Inclusion Task Force
The Hudson DEI Task Force seeks to transform Hudson into a community that is wholly and demonstrably committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, in principle and in practice. This includes shifting Hudson to a community that operates within a framework of cultural proficiency, anti-racism, and multiculturalism. We strive to create a culture that unquestionably welcomes, celebrates, and advocates for all expressions of identity and differences and actively ensures the respect and dignity of every person.
The Hudson DEI Task Force embraces, celebrates, and champions all forms of identity and expression, including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental developmental ability, faith and worship, socio-economic levels, age, language, and thinking and communication styles. We aggressively condemn any and all forms of discrimination, bigotry, prejudice, intolerance, hate, bullying, harassment, threats, acts of violence, and destruction of personal or public property.
The Hudson DEI Task Force is committed to transforming all aspects and levels of the Hudson community into a culturally proficient, anti-racist, anti-discriminatory, multicultural community that operates from a base of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through a tiered approach of Education, Dialogue, and Action, we empower households, organizations, and institutions to examine and dismantle the behaviors, pathologies, practices, and policies that sustain institutional and systemic discrimination and racism.
Goal of Hudson DEI Task Force
The goal of the Hudson DEI Task Force is to develop the vision, framework, and action plan for the Hudson DEI Alliance. The Task Force will guide, inform, and advise the progress of working groups throughout respective planning and implementation of action items, and serve as oversight for compliance and accountability with the action plan.
History of Education and Social Justice in Hudson
The City of Hudson has a long history of supporting high-quality education through public and private institutions. It began with the charter of Western Reserve College in 1826, known as the “Yale of the West”, to our current top-ranked public schools (Hudson City Schools), our internationally acclaimed private school (Western Reserve Academy), and to our 5-star rated Hudson Library & Historical Society!
Hudson also has a long tradition of engaged citizenship focused on social justice, from Hudson’s role in the Underground Railroad beginning in the 1850’s, to the City of Hudson Resolution 20-76 in 2020 “Condemning Racism and Encouraging A Commitment to Fair and Equal Treatment for All”.
Education – Dialogue – Action
Engaging in topics related to each of our deeply rooted identities and considering what justice means and looks like in practice brings out strong feelings, and yet are conversations that need to occur. Through intentional dialogue, a community where people experience equity and inclusion, not just in writing, but also in practice, can be created.
As our country continues to struggle with what equity and justice means, and looks like in practice for all its people, Hudson’s interfaith community, our schools, and our civic organizations in the city invite you to join a dialogue to begin to explore these issues as it impacts our families, our friends, and our neighbors. This is one of many related efforts in the community. Check the Upcoming Events page for more upcoming programs, events, initiatives, and additional opportunities to get involved.
Hudson DEI Task Force
This group is a task force with the eventual goal of promoting the formation of an alliance.