The Colchester selectboard joined 72 other towns in adopting the Vermont Declaration of Inclusion.
At the selectboard’s Oct.25 meeting, the board adopted the declaration which states that Colchester upholds a culture of inclusion, civility and respect and welcomes all persons.
Over 50% of Vermont residents in the state now live in a municipality that has adopted the statement, originating in Franklin in September 2020.
State Rep. Sarita Austin (D-Colchester) spoke up at Tuesday’s meeting in support of the statement.
“I just want to say how grateful I am to the selectboard for adopting this statement,” she said. “I am on the Social Equity Caucus in the legislature and there has always been a lot of conversation about getting every municipality in the state to vote on the statement and I am very grateful that you took this up.”
The full statement reads as follows: