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As a long-time New Canaan resident, former leader of a national scientific professional society, and current board member of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents in Washington, D.C., I am absolutely shocked that the Republican members of the New Canaan school board believe that the matter of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) should not be included among the goals of the Board of Education. The demographics of the nation are changing. By the mid-2040’s people of white European ancestry will be a minority. There simply will not be enough doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, teachers, and other professionals that a vibrant society requires, if school systems do not reach out now to their minority stakeholders in the most inclusive and equitable manner possible?
Nearly every university, research institution, national professional society, and many corporations are adopting DEI position statements. My Council of Scientific Society President’s (CSSP) board just instituted an ethics and DEI position statement after learning that the National Science Foundation, and other scientific granting institutions, now require such a statement as a condition for grant applications. The DEI statement was drafted by representatives of industry, academia and government and was apolitical and certainly not a “woke” exercise. This past month I modified the CSSP statement for adoption by the board of the Associates of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
The demographics of New Canaan are changing, and this change will be accelerated with the construction of more subsidized housing. Messrs. Toal, Hogan, Alves and Bennett have their heads in the sand and are entirely out of touch with reality. New Canaan is not in Texas or Florida. Our community and school system should be as welcoming as possible for all students, and to achieve this, the school board must develop a diversity, equity and inclusion policy and make its successful implementation a critical goal for 2022-2023.
To the Editor
I am endorsing TonI Boucher as the best qualified candidate for the 26th Senate District seat. TonI has represented the interests of Wilton in Hartford for many years as both Representative and State Senator and is best qualified to do so again.
My government experience with Toni is when we called her each year to brief our Board of Finance on state budget and policy issues affecting our Wilton Town budget. She was well-informed, detail-oriented, and always prepared for any questions we would ask of her.
Toni demonstrated all the qualities we would want in our State Senator – initiative, drive, knowledge of actual government workings, superior relationship management, preparedness, integrity, and an ability to “get along with others to get things done.”
I have also had the chance to serve on the Board of Finance with her Democratic opponent. Unfortunately, her opponent doesn’t possess the same qualities mentioned above in which Toni excels.
Toni Boucher is the clear choice for Wilton in the 26th State Senate District.