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Mission/Purpose Statement:The Diversity Affairs Commission exists to achieve racial and ethnic equity and advocate for minority populations throughout Marathon County, to foster cross-cultural understanding and embrace our diversity.
Membership: The Diversity Affairs Commission should be comprised of seven (7) members appointed by the County Administrator.
Statutory Responsibilities: None.
Term: Members shall serve a two year term concurrent with the terms of the County Board Supervisors.
Reporting Relationships: The Diversity Affairs Commission shall be accountable to the UW Extension Program Committee and the Education and Economic Development Standing Committee.
Duties and Responsibilities: Each of the Commission members will function as a leader or co-leader for one of the core strategies of the Commission’s Strategic Plan which will be adopted by the County Board. Commission members are responsible for creating and updating its Strategic Plan developed in support of its Mission. Commission meetings are an opportunity to coordinate efforts, share information, request resources by Commission members who are expected to provide leadership to teams of community leaders, key stakeholders and residents in moving forward strategic priorities. Examples of strategic priorities are:
· Expanding visibility of the Diversity Affairs Commission and developing a liaison with new and existing minority groups.
· Fostering diversity leadership that attracts and retains young adults in our communities.
· Promoting equal and fair access to public services.
· Promote school success for minority group children in the K-12 educational system.
Tony Patterson, Chairperson