PITTSFIELD -- Mayor Linda Tyer on Tuesday announced the formation of a study group that will issue recommendations toward establishing a program for increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the city and its school district.

“It's not enough to just want an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming community. The work behind this must be intentional and ongoing,” Tyer said in a statement posted to social media.

Tyer brought together “some of our community's most outstanding thought leaders” to serve on her Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion study group, she said, without immediately identifying its members.

She said it is a small group that will ultimately issue recommendations for how to launch “a formal program focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion with a specific emphasis on recruitment and retention, leadership, career development, cultural competency training, strategic planning, compliance, advocacy, and education.”

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Amanda Burke covers Pittsfield City Hall for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.