The Council is created in recognition of the Village's commitment to fostering and maintaining a strong sense of community and to acknowledge the value of diversity and inclusion within the Glencoe community. In furtherance of this purpose, the Council promotes and furthers the Village's strong public policy against discrimination, bigotry, bias or hate in any form and shall encourage mutual respect, cooperation, tolerance and understanding among those who live, work, visit or do business in the Village, regardless of race, color, immigration or refugee status, national origin, ancestry, religion or creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, cognitive or physical ability, veteran status, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, source of income, housing status or any other social identities.
This diverse body plans and supports community events, promotes justice and equality, encourages and facilitates solutions to social issues, addresses emerging community needs and serves as an advocate, educator, communicator and point of contact for all Glencoe residents. Council members are Glencoe residents appointed to overlapping three-year terms.
The functions and duties of the Council include:
- Act in an advisory capacity to the Village President and Board of Trustees on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within the Village and matters as requested by the Village Board;
- Provide a public forum for diversity, equity and inclusion issues and initiatives;
- Supports, facilitates and promotes public participation in community dialogue on the issues of racism and social equity, and works closely with cultural, civic, governmental and faith-based organizations to develop recommendations and actions on behalf of initiatives that foster a more inclusive environment.
Members of the Council include:
- Rafael Guzman, Co-Chair
- Hilary Scott, Trustee Liaison
- Aman Bedi
- John Bjork
- Eleanor Chye
- Laura Epstein
- Sakura Evans
- Vivek Mali
- Annice Moses
- Amy Mysel
- Emily Robins
- Robert Young
The Glencoe Council for Inclusion and Community typically meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, or as needed, in the First Floor Conference Room at Village Hall.