Commission for Diversity Inclusion & Community Relations


  • Kelly Race, Chair
    Term Expires: 2020
  • Joan Lancourt
    Term Expires: 2021
  • Cornelia van der Ziel
    Term Expires: 2020
  • Jessica Chicco
    Term Expires: 2019
  • Bob Lepson
    Term Expires: 2020
  • John Malcolm Cawthorne
    Term Expires: 2019
  • Samuel Batchelder
    Term Expires: 2020
  • Bernard Greene, Select Board
  • Susan Federspiel, School Liaison
  • Michael Gropman Ed.D.,Deputy Superintendent, Police Liaison
  • Vishni Samaraweera, Student Liaison

Indefinite terms end effective with implementation of the revised bylaw.

2019 Meeting Dates

All meetings are on Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Meeting locations TBD

 January 16

February 20

March 27   Discuss warrant articles

April 24

May 15

June 19

July 17

August 21

September 18   Discuss warrant articles

October 16

November 13

December 11


Support a welcoming environment by encouraging cooperation, tolerance, and respect among and by all persons who come in contact with the Town of Brookline (i.e. visitors, residents, employers, employees etc.) by advancing, promoting and advocating for the human and civil rights of all through education, awareness, outreach and advocacy.

The goal of the Commission is to be instrumental in eliminating discriminatory barriers to work, education and housing opportunities within the Town of Brookline. It encourages community awareness and understanding of cultural difference through the development of various activities including education programs and cultural events. The Commission is involved with Town Departments and Commissions to take meaningful steps to increase diversity, inclusion and respect in the Town’s workforce. Part of this process is to provide consultation to the Chief Diversity Officer and the Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations Commission to develop an EEO and Affirmative Action Policy. It is also active in resolving and monitoring discrimination claims and it provides consultation to aggrieved parties. The Commission also provides oversight regarding program and services that serve Brookline’s Youth.

Please consult the Town By-Law (3.14.3) for a complete understanding of the Commission’s responsibilities.

Food Truck Friday 

On Friday June 21, 2019 join the Commission of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations to ring in the end of the school year from 4-7:30pm at the Driscoll School Playground and Field. 

Food Truck JPeg

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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