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January 15, 2016

Worcester names first ever diversity officer

Courtesy City of Worcester Malika Carter has been named the city's first Chief Diversity Officer.

Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus has named Malika Carter as the city's first Chief Diversity Officer, as Worcester continues to strive for an inclusive and diverse city government.

The hiring comes after a number of Black Lives Matter protests in the city, including one in Kelley Square where court cases are pending and amid community discussions on race.

While the city will always hire the most qualified candidate for a position, the Chief Diversity Officer will work to broaden the pool of candidates for city jobs to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented, according to a release from the city.

“Being an increasingly diverse city, it’s important we recruit a workforce that reflects the community we serve,” Augustus said. “I believe this position will be critical in making sure that happens.”

The main duties of the position will include developing and monitoring recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, and retention strategies to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups who work and volunteer for the city. Carter will also oversee the development and implementation of the city’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity and Inclusion Plan and will make sure the city is in compliance with all federal, state, and local Equal Employment Opportunity laws. She will serve as the administrative liaison to the newly restructured Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, formerly the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee.

Carter has more than 10 years of experience developing policies and programs that will help Worcester have a more inclusive and diverse city government. She has a PhD in Institutional Analysis from North Dakota State University, a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, and a BS in Middle Childhood Education from Cleveland State University. She will start her new job in February.

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