Mayor Lavelle Appointed to North Carolina’s Commission on Inclusion
Mayor Lavelle (third from right) is shown with other
Commission on Inclusion members.
Carrboro Mayor Lydia E. Lavelle was recently sworn in by North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael Morgan to an appointment on the newly established North Carolina Commission on Inclusion. The commission, under the purview of the Secretary of the Department of Administration, will further the goals set out in Governor Roy Coper’s Executive Order 24, entitled “POLICIES PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION IN STATE EMPLOYMENT, SERVICES, AND CONTRACTS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR.” This purpose of the commission is to advise and identify policies and measures that would promote inclusion and address discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on “Prohibited Grounds." “Prohibited Grounds” includes activities and identities protected under existing federal and state law, including but not limited to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, religion, National Guard or veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
The Commission’s initial objectives include identifying and sharing best practices, providing strategies that promote economic efficiency and attract and retain an excellent workforce, identifying trends and actions that create a competitive advantage for North Carolina, and raising awareness for the importance of diversity and inclusion.
“It is a great honor to have been appointed to this historic Commission on Inclusion. I look forward to working with Secretary Machelle Sanders and the Governor on these important issues of diversity and inclusion, especially those related to our LGBT community members who currently have no federal or statewide legal protections with regard to employment and public accommodation," said Lavelle.