Welcome Reading’s New Director for Equity and Social Justice!
We are excited to announce that Dr. Sudeshna Chatterjee has begun her newly created role of Director for Equity & Social Justice. This role was developed after more than two years of thoughtful and thorough conversation and received broad, town-wide approval. Please read our press release for more details, and join us in welcoming Dr. Chatterjee to Reading.
The Reading Public Library is an institution central to the town; it belongs to and welcomes all. Situating the new Office for Equity and Social Justice ensures programming and guidance that can reach all residents regardless of age, wealth, or education status.
The library thanks the Reading community for engaging in a thoughtful and thorough conversation around this new Division and moving forward with the position. The full press release regarding the position is here.
Proposed Structure: The Town of Reading currently has a Human Relations Advisory Committee (HRAC) made of up volunteers appointed by the Select Board. HRAC will be incorporated into the new Division of Equity and Social Justice. The new division will consist of a paid director who works with the RAESJ which will have 8-14 members.
Board of Library Trustees: A six member-elected board established by the Article 3, section 3.4 of the Town of Reading Charter.
Human Relations Advisory Committee (HRAC): An advisory group for and appointed by the Board of Selectmen. HRAC promotes and encourages respect for the human and civil rights of all Reading residents. HRAC sponsors outreach efforts and educational programs to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity.
Reading Coalition for Prevention and Support: Established in 2006 and formerly knowns as RCASA, the Coalition started as a community initiative focused on improving community collaboration and reducing substance abuse. Since then, the coalition has built capacity within our community to address this complex issue and implemented a number of prevention initiatives.