After two members of the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission recently resigned, the group is looking for volunteers.
"We are hoping a diverse group of community members will apply," said Allison Carter Commission administrative assistant. "We need people who are open minded, have an interest in human rights initiatives, equity, and equality, and those who want to improve our community."
Comprised of nine commissioners, and two alternate commissioners, commission members are appointed by the Board of Regional Commissioners.
Commission must be Barnstable County residents
When both Jason Parrent, and Edgar Miranda resigned, two openings became available, said Carter. One position is for a commissioner role and the other is for an alternate.
Commissioners are expected to attend monthly virtual meetings, Carter said, and serve on two ad hoc committees. Members must also support the staff in promoting human rights through education and school-based activities.
In the future, should COVID-19 regulations change for the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, meetings could become in-person for commissioners, Carter said.
"We have been meeting virtually for a couple of years now and intend to continue doing so as long as we’re allowed," she said.
Interested candidates must be a permanent resident of Barnstable County.
Traditionally, said Carter, commissioners come from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions.
"We are looking to have our commission be reflective of the people in our community so we can better do our work," she said.
Bilingual, trilingual members sought
Which is why the commission is looking for members who are bilingual and trilingual.
"Edgar was bilingual and he was a huge asset for the commission," she said. "Even if English isn't your primary language, we encourage you to apply."
Carter said the commission welcomes as many applicants as possible. In December, current commissioners will decide if they want to renew their three-year terms, which could create additional vacancies.
"We keep any additional applications on file and often times people continue to volunteer with us in a different capacity," she said.
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This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission seeks volunteers