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Racial and Social Equity Committee (RASEC)

The Racial and Social Equity Committee (RASEC) was formed in 2020 to provide opportunities to build awareness, engage in mutual learning, and recommend actions that will foster a thriving, inclusive, and diverse community.

If you would like to join or learn more, call one of the contacts or send an email to [email protected].

The goals of the Committee are to:

  1. Learn and share knowledge about the history of racial injustice as it relates to Washington Grove and other communities,
  2. Examine policies and practices (including those that are seemingly neutral) to determine whether they are contributing to racial inequity and promoting inclusivity,
  3. Build relationships and make amends with neighboring communities, and
  4. Collaborate with other town commissions and committees to realize the above goals.

​To accomplish its work, the committee has established a Leadership Team and set up the following subcommittees and workgroups:

  • Town Inclusivity Subcommittee
  • Research and Education Subcommittee
  • Communications Subcommittee
  • Neighboring Communities Subcommittee
  • Emory Grove/Washington Grove Workgroup
  • Workgroup on Removing Racially Restrictive Covenants
  • Equity and Inclusion Survey Workgroup
  • Town Anti-Racist Statement Workgroup
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Workgroup

Committee Documents

Documents Implementing the 2023 Town Council Resolution “Acknowledging Washington Grove’s Racially Exclusionary Past and Committing to an Equitable and Inclusive Future”

(View the resolution here in PDF format)


Organizational and Procedural Documents


Miscellaneous Documents


Related Resources


Leadership Team Contacts
Paula Puglisi: 301-963-8555
Betsy Klinger: 301-325-1956

Via committee email: [email protected]

Committee News

The latest news from the Committee is described in the RASEC section of the most recent monthly Town Bulletin.

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