September 14th, 2021 Minutes - Council Meeting

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Social Equity Council | Full Council Meeting

Meeting Date and Time: September 14th, 2021, 10:00am -11am

Meeting Type: Special Meeting of the Social Equity Council
Meeting Location: TEAMS

Chair: Andrea Comer




  1. Call to order and welcome
  2. Discussion and possible vote on posting the (Draft) Study RFP   View the RFP Document, v5
  3. Adjourn



A special meeting of the Social Equity Council was held virtually via Microsoft TEAMS on September 14, 2021. 

1. Call to Order and Welcome:Andréa Comer, Chairperson of the Council, noting the presence of a quorum, called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m.

2. Attendance

All council members were present. They are:
Michael Jefferson
Subira Gordon
Ojala Naeem
Edwin S. Shirley
Corrie Betts
Avery Gaddis
Joseph Williams
Dr. Kelli Vallieres
Marilyn Alverio
Christine Shaw, designee for Shawn Wooden
Melissa McCaw
Andréa Comer
David Lehman
Staff attending: Ginne-Rae Clay, Exec. Director, SEC

6. Committee discussion and possible vote on posting the (Draft) Study RFP

Ginne-Rae Clay presented the current draft Study RFP. She described recent edits that were made based on discussions with the Council.

• An increase of the Cultural Competency to 15%, and reduction of the Budget weight to 10%
• Core competencies have now all have been defined in the document
• Any place the Social Equity was described as a board, it was described as a council.
• On page 14, there was reordering done to match the chart at the beginning of the document, adding the core competency categories.
• Set a procurement schedule
• Identified the review committee
• Added a schedule for the review committee to complete a review of proposals
• Added a timeline, with proposals due by November 4.

Melissa McCaw noted that the scope of services is consistent with the bill language and reflects the goals of the study to properly and equity reflect the population of Connecticut and all the questions raised in the last meeting seem to have been addressed in this current document.

Christine Shaw asked about page 8, under performance measures, and the reference made to the metrics used to evaluate the proposal, specifically that one details the number and profile of social equity members interviewed by the RFP applicants. Andréa Comer explained that the profiles of reviewers will reflect the variety of reasons why they were appointed. Melissa McCaw noted that the list is not an exhaustive list and that other metrics can be identified and still stay true to the spirit of the RFP. Christine Shaw followed on that the review committee description was not necessary and seemed like an outlier, but that if it passes muster for the policy committee, it was not a deal breaker for her. Ed Shirley, Chair of the Policy Committee explained that there was an assumption that this would be standard,and show rigor on the part of the proposer to take the time to interview members of the SEC.

Ed Shirley made a motion to approve the RFP for submission and posting. Subira Gordon seconded. The motion passed.

3. Adjournment

A motion to adjourn was made by Melissa McCaw. David Lehman seconded. The motion passed.

Minutes are a draft until approved at a subsequent meeting.

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