MONTPELIER, Vt. (NEWS10) — Gov. Phil Scott announced the week of May 9-15, 2021 as Inclusion Week in Vermont and reiterated Vermont’s commitment to welcoming all people.
The Governor also established a Proclamation of Inclusion, which reportedly clarifies the State of Vermont’s stance on condemning discrimination in all forms, and welcomes all people who want to live, work and visit Vermont. Both proclamations are said to acknowledge the work of many in state and local government and by community groups across the state, while recognizing there is still more work to do to continually address racism and systemic inequities.
“This is an important pair of proclamations because they recognize that being truly inclusive and welcoming takes work, and we have to keep building on it,” said Governor Scott. “The fact is, if we want stronger, more economically secure communities, we need more people and more diversity in Vermont. I hope this effort sends a message to anyone who wants to live and work in a safe, healthy and welcoming state.”
The proclamations were reportedly developed under the framework of the Declaration of Inclusion, which was developed by a group of committed Vermonters and presented to municipalities throughout the state.
To date, nine municipalities in Vermont have adopted a form of the Declaration of Inclusion, including the following:
- Woodstock Village
- City of Rutland
- Vermont League of Cities and Towns
- Several other organizations.
“These proclamations are part of the State’s broader efforts to make equity a foundational element of everything we do,” said Xusana Davis, the State’s executive director of racial equity. “They espouse our values, and our values underlie our policy, budgetary, and operational work. We look forward to making an impact with these declarations, and even more so, we look forward to living them out through our work across the state.”