Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee

Created

The Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee (Committee) was established by the County Council pursuant to Bill 27-19 (which was enacted on November 19, 2019, and became effective on March 2, 2020).

Purpose

The Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee must:

  1.  Adopt rules and procedures as necessary to perform its functions.
  2.  Keep a record of its activities and minutes of all meetings, which must be kept on file and open to the public during business hours upon request.
  3. Develop and distribute information about racial equity and social justice in the County.
  4. Promote educational activities that increase the understanding of racial equity and social justice in the County.
  5. Recommend coordinated strategies for reducing racial and social justice inequity in the County.
  6. Advise the Council, the Executive, and County agencies about racial equity and social justice in the County, and recommend policies, programs, legislation, or regulations necessary to reduce racial and social justice inequity.
  7. Meet periodically with the racial equity and social justice lead for each department and office.
  8. Submit an annual report by December 1 of each year to the Executive and Council on the activities of the Committee.

Membership

There are fifteen voting members of the Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee (RESJAC). The group is comprised of seven government members and eight public members. Government representatives on the committee include: the County Office of Human Rights, a designee of the County Council, an employee of the County Department of Health and Human Services, an employee of the County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, an officer of the County Police Department, and a designee of the Chair of the County Planning Board. All public members have experience in redressing disparate impacts based on race and social justice issues and reside in Montgomery County.

Members serve three-year terms. Public members are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for in-person meetings attended and may receive an annual stipend of $2000.00 compensation and reimbursement for expenses incurred in serving.

Committee Values

Internal
  • Intentionally and consistently pursue a reimagination of our institutions, systems, and structures to work towards an equitable county.
  • Utilize data and reference community feedback to inform and validate our decision-making.
  • Practice a shared leadership structure and collective decision-making process that fosters a whole community approach to advance equity.
  • Build a working knowledge of and support for our individual areas of expertise and lived experiences.
External
  • Increase public awareness of the RESJAC and our role to guide the implementation of the Racial Equity and Social Justice Act.
  • Build connections across government and the community at large.
  • Establish community trust in our expertise and guidance.
  • Promote community buy-in and participation in shaping policy and informing Montgomery County culture.
  • Increase the number of county residents who are committed to advancing racial equity and social justice.

Committee Bylaws

RESJ Committee ByLaws Document (pdf)

Committee Members

Community Members County Staff Committee Members
Izola Shaw, CHAIR
Rockville
 
Selena Mendy Singleton, Esq.
PARLIAMENTARIAN
Clerk
Montgomery County Council
Shane Lloyd, VICE CHAIR
Silver Spring
Troy Boddy 
Director, Equity Initiatives Unit
Montgomery County Public Schools
Sonia Canzater
Derwood
Sylvia Hernandez
Correctional Specialist
Montgomery County Dept. of Corrections
Isaac Cudjoe
Clarksburg
Betty Lam 
Chief, Office of Community Affairs
Montgomery County Dept. of
Health and Human Services
Pat Grant
Silver Spring
Willie Parker-Loan
Assistant Chief of Police
Montgomery County Police Department
Jared Hautamaki  
Silver Spring
James Stowe 
Director
Office of Human Rights
Shuo Huang
Silver Spring
Partap Verma
Commissioner
Montgomery County Planning Board
Tasnuva Khan
Olney
 
Jordan Neal
Gaithersburg
 
Gustavo Torres
Silver Spring
 
 

Meeting Information

Meetings are currently held virtually by video and teleconference the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. When in-person meetings resume in the future, the Board will meet in Rockville.

Meeting Agendas

Contact

Tiffany Ward
Director, Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice
Tiffany.Ward@montgomerycountymd.gov