Framingham Selects Barros as First Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer December 31, 2020
Susan Petroni, Framingham Source Editor 508-315-7176
FRAMINGHAM - Maritsa Barros has been named the City of Framingham's first-ever Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer.

The City Council will be asked to approve the appointment in January.

Mayor Yvonne Spicer submitted Barros' name to the Council yesterday, December 30.

"It is with great pleasure that I submit Dr. Maritsa Barros to serve as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the City of Framingham. Dr. Barros has an impressive professional career working with grassroots programs like the Urban Scholars Initiative to currently serving as the Interim Chief Diversity Officer at Lesley University. She is a remarkable candidate with a notable background who comes highly recommended," wrote the Mayor to the Council.

"Barros has long been a champion of equity, inclusion, and diversity. She brings a very personal lens, as a daughter of immigrants, to view this work. She understands what it takes to build a welcoming and inclusive environment supported by policies and practices that truly reflect the diversity of a community. Framingham is fortunate to have attracted such a talented individual to assume this role," wrote the Mayor.

The starting salary is $125,000.

Barros, who just received her doctorate degree in 2020, has been at Lesley University for the last 7 years.

She just became the Assistant Vice President of Special Projects at the University in December 2020. She was Interim Chief Diversity Officer for the Cambridge-based University since July 2020.

Barros was hired as the Associate Diversity Officer and Executive Director of Urban Scholars Initiative in August of 2013.

She was the assistant director admission & multicultural recruitment at Framingham State University from July 2011 until she was hired by Lesley University.

Barros was the assistant director for multicultural recruitment at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for 3 years from August 2008 to August 2011.

Barros received her Doctor of Education in organizational leadership from Northeastern University in 2020. She received her Masters in College student development & counseling from Northeastern in 2007. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth in 2005 with a degree in psychology. She has a minor in African & African-American studies.

" Reverend Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd , Dr. Connie Cabello, Dr. Lynn Moore, Dr. Esta Montano, Mr. Joseph Corazzini, and (Framingham HR Director) Ms. Dolores Hamilton," served on the selection committee said the Mayor.

Spicer selects Maritsa Barros for Framingham's first diversity, equity and inclusion officer January 4, 2021
Zane Razzaq 508-626-3919 Metrowest Daily News
Maritsa Barros was nominated by Mayor Yvonne Spicer to become Framingham's first diversity, equity and inclusion officer.

FRAMINGHAM - A former Framingham State University administrator has been nominated to serve as the city's first diversity, equity and inclusion officer.

In a Dec. 30 letter to the City Council, Mayor Yvonne Spicer submitted Maritsa Barros, of Norwood, for the role. On Tuesday, the council will vote to refer the matter to the Appointments Subcommittee for review and recommendation.

From 2011 to 2013, Barros was assistant director of admission and multicultural recruitment at Framingham State. According to her resume, she was most recently at Lesley University in Cambridge, serving as associate diversity officer and executive director of the Urban Scholars Initiative.

In her cover letter, Barros said she had always envisioned herself assisting and advising a mayor and other leaders on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

"With my roots deeply planted in personal and professional experiences around the matters of equity, social justice, and as a long-standing, deeply invested citizen of Massachusetts and past resident of Framingham, I bring a unique set of skills and knowledge to this position. I have the ability to 'think outside the box,' and the courage to challenge the 'status quo,'" said Barros.

Spicer called Barros a "champion of equity, inclusion and diversity."

"She brings a very personal lens, as a daughter of immigrants, to view this work. She understands what it takes to build a welcoming and inclusive environment supported by policies and practices that truly reflect the diversity of a community," Spicer wrote.

Along with Spicer, the Rev. Anthony Lloyd of the Greater Framingham Community Church, Framingham State University Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Constanza Cabello, MassBay Chief Diversity Officer Lynn Moore, Esta Montano, Framingham Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Joseph Corazzini, and city Human Resources Director Dolores Hamilton served on the selection committee.

In September, Barros earned a doctorate in education from Northeastern University. She also holds a master's degree in college student development, also from Northeastern, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The position comes with a salary of a maximum of $125,000 and a minimum of $118,000. Duties include developing strategies that advance understanding diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and maintaining and monitoring the implementation of the city's non-discrimination and harassment policy for employees, residents, students and staff.

Framingham Council OKs $80K For Diversity Officer Job October 8, 2020
Neal Mcnamara Framingham Patch
The Council took the key step of appropriating money for the job on Tuesday. Now the city has to find a candidate.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham City Council took the final step in creating a diversity, equity and inclusion officer position in city government by approving a transfer of money to pay for the job.

On Tuesday, Councilors voted 8 to 3 to approve $80,000 for the position. The Council had approved a salary up to $125,000 on Sept. 30. The full amount likely won't be needed since there are only nine months left in the fiscal year - and the city likely won't hire someone for weeks.

Mayor Yvonne Spicer has been pushing for the job since she took office, but was unable to make the hire due to past budget disputes. Spicer did get approval to hire for the job in a previous budget year, but the candidate turned down the offer.

The Council left the position out of the budget during deliberations in June, but Spicer asked for it to be added back this summer. She had previously asked for up to $115,000 for the role, but boosted that to $125,000 citing an increased demand after nationwide protests over the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

The job had not been posted on the city website as of Thursday morning. Chief Operating Officer Thatcher Kezer told the Council the position could be posted in about two weeks.

The appropriation for the diversity and equity officer job came after Framingham received $3 million more than budgeted in Chapter 70 state aid. That aid usually goes entirely to the school district, but municipal and school officials worked out an agreement to share the windfall.

About $2.3 million will go to Framingham Public Schools. The rest will help Framingham offset budget costs to have a zero levy increase.

The hiring of this position basically means that the city and schools are no longer a meritocracy

In so many words, the task of the diversity officer is the following:

It wasn't enough to:

  1. modify the SAT scores with an adversity score.
  2. have an Affirmative Action policy
  3. have this law.
  4. have the NAACP
  5. have the United Negro College Fund

I'll be waiting to see the race of the person hired.

What is the value of dark skinned women when you have a dark skinned woman mayor?

Only women of color need apply.

We should also consider the notion that the vast majority of positions in the city and schools do not need too much intelligence. Maybe we are hiring too many smart people.

We are proudly marching towards Idiocracy (see movie) .

Well done, Framingham!

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