Commission for Diversity Inclusion & Community Relations


  • Joan Lancourt, Chair
    Term Expires: 2021
  • Cornelia van der Ziel
    Term Expires: 2023
  • Jessica Chicco
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Bob Lepson
    Term Expires: 2023
  • John Malcolm Cawthorne
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Samuel Batchelder
    Term Expires: 2023
  • Mariah Nobrega                     Term Expires: 2021
  • Eloise Paul Lawrence            Term Expires 2021
  • Irving M Allen                          Term Expires 2022 
  • Grace Yung- Watson      Term Expires  2023       
  • Malcolm Doldron                     Term Expires 2022             
  • Raul Fernandez, Select Board
  • Mariah Nobrega, School Liaison
  • Casey Hatchett, Police Liaison
  • Kazi Stafford, Student Liaison

Letter in Support of Select Board Raul Fernandez


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.

Agendas & Minutes

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CDICR Recorded Meeting - April 21, 2021

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CDICR Recorded Meeting - April 14, 2021

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CDICR Recorded Meeting - March 17, 2021

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CDICR Liaison Updates 

January 2021 Liaison Updates 

Patterns of Racism in Brookline Committee Mission Statement 

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