Embrace cultural diversity

Strategy 5.3: Embrace cultural diversity

Support diverse cultures within Acton and welcome new residents of all ethnicities.

Strategy 5.3.1: Support diverse cultures within Acton and welcome new residents of all ethnicities.

Town space for cultural activities

Action Item 5.3.1.1: Town space for cultural activities

Continue to support and provide Town space for cultural activities and celebrations.
Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Municipal Properties<i> </i>
School Committees<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Council on Aging
Memorial Library
Recreation Department
Ripe?: 
No

Acknowledge more holidays

Action Item 5.3.1.2: Acknowledge more holidays

Support the recognition of cultural holidays town-wide (including by noting these on the town web site and supporting their recognition in the schools) and consider holding an annual Acton Multi-Cultural Celebrations Day.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Cultural Resources
Lead Owner: 
School Committees<i> </i>
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups
Information Technology Department

Consider establishing a Diversity Awareness Day with diversity training materials and programs.

Action Item 5.3.1.3: Consider establishing a Diversity Awareness Day with diversity training materials and programs.

Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Cultural Resources
Lead Owner: 
School Committees<i> </i>
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups
Commission on Disabilities
Human Resources Department

More multilingual staff and materials

Action Item 5.3.1.4: More multilingual staff and materials

Consider hiring and providing multilingual staff and materials at Town facilities. Provide signs, website, and written information in multiple languages.
Timing: 
Long-Term (complete by 2030)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Manager Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Council on Aging
Fire Department
Highway Department
Memorial Library
Municipal Properties
Police
West Acton Citizens' Library

Include non-citizen residents in town affairs

Action Item 5.3.1.5: Include non-citizen residents in town affairs

Encourage non-citizen residents to serve on town boards where possible
Timing: 
Long-Term (complete by 2030)
Lead Owner: 
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Clerk Department

Recruit volunteers from ethnic and language minorities

Action Item 5.3.1.6: Recruit volunteers from ethnic and language minorities

Create a new committee composed of liaisons from the various ethnic and language groups in town whose main charge will include providing information to newcomers and organizing multi-cultural activities. This will help build bridges, knitting the community closer together, and it will provide guidance to those unfamiliar with the town and its resources.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Cultural Resources
Lead Owner: 
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups
Ripe?: 
Yes

Expand language offerings

Action Item 5.3.1.7: Expand language offerings

Explore whether the schools think it is feasible to expand foreign language options to include Portuguese, Russian, and the Indian languages, as well as the current Chinese language offerings.
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
School Committees<i> </i>

Identify how cultural demographics are changing community needs.

Strategy 5.3.2: Identify how cultural demographics are changing community needs.

Document the changing needs of a multicultural population

Action Item 5.3.2.3: Document the changing needs of a multicultural population

Meet with Town Department Heads to identify ways in which demographic changes (specifically cultural and linguistic) may have affected community needs and the provision of services.
Priority: 
Other Action Steps
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Population and Housing
Other Inventory Elements: 
Cultural Resources
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Manager Department<i> </i>
Ripe?: 
No

Extend multi-language support

Action Item 5.3.2.1: Extend multi-language support

Explore the need and feasibility of implementing actions such as: having the Police Department subscribe to AT&T’s translation service, translating key portions of the Town’s website especially pages dealing with regulations, services and emergency announcements, etc.
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Manager Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Information Technology Department
Police

Focus groups to improve outreach

Action Item 5.3.2.2: Focus groups to improve outreach

Conduct follow up focus groups with the goal of identifying ways of broadening the participation of residents from all segments of Acton’s population.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups