Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #223
Order Adopted
Oct 19, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the City Solicitor’s Office and other relevant departments to determine what impact the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping may have on the City of Cambridge and its community partners, what options the City may have to work around this order, and to report back to the City Council on this matter in a timely manner

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Department:City Clerk's Office, DSSponsors:Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

On September 22, Donald Trump issued the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping from the White House, which seeks to tamp down on cultural and diversity sensitivity trainings in workplaces across the country as a part of his efforts to drive wedges between people and shore up support among his base; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Workplace diversity trainings are designed to foster better understanding and stronger relationships between people of differing backgrounds and experiences, yet this Executive Order falsely promotes the idea that such trainings are divisive and full of “un-American propaganda; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The fallout from this Executive Order has had a chilling effect, as the New York Times reports, for example, that at the University of Iowa, fearing a loss of federal research grants, paused programs across the university, including training for university employees on race or sex stereotyping and scapegoating,” and it remains to be seen what impact this order may have on Cambridge and in what ways our community can work around this order; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the City Solicitor’s Office and other relevant departments to determine what impact the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping may have on the City of Cambridge and its community partners, what options the City may have to work around this order, and to report back to the City Council on this matter in a timely manner.

 

Meeting History

Oct 19, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan