The City of Springfield, Massachusetts is one of the most diverse cities in the Commonwealth. Through diversity, equity, and inclusion, the City of Springfield takes a holistic look at the influence it has on employees and residents. The city’s goal is to provide a range of resources and tools aimed at creating positive and systemic change in the workplace and our city.
On August 1, 2022, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Attorney Talia Gee and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Judi Crowell joined with Shenell R. Ford, the Heart2Heartbeat Lactation & Wellness, Breastfeeding Community Action Circle, and Baystate Health to recognize and support National Breastfeeding Month with a flag raising ceremony on the front steps of City Hall.
Celebrations are occurring throughout the month beginning with World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1st-7th), Native and Indigenous Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 8th-14th), Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 15th-21th), and Black Breastfeeding Week (Aug.22nd-31st).
Mayor Sarno states, “I commend Ms. Ford – ‘Shenell.’ This young lady has really worked hard to get the word out and to help educate and support others on this very important nurturing mother and child public health aspect. Thanks to her continued leadership advocating for mothers and families, and thanks to the efforts from Attorney Talia Gee, city employees now have a dedicated parental leave lactation room right here in City Hall to privately and comfortably attend to their lactation needs.”
The Springfield City Council’s Mental Health Subcommittee, chaired by Councilor Zaida Govan, has partnered with Behavioral Health Network to develop a Community Mental Health Survey for Springfield residents. City of Springfield residents are encouraged to give their input on the effectiveness of access to mental health services.
Complete the survey today by visiting: surveymonkey.com/r/commmentalhealth.
Learn more about Mayors United Against Antisemitism, a joint initiative to combat antisemitism organized by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and The U.S. Conference of Mayors. See which Mayors have joined as signatories.
Read the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts' Letter of Support for Mayor Sarno's Signing of “Mayors United Against Antisemitism” Statement.
Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset. Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014).
Follow My Steps Foundation, a private non-profit organization, was created to provide youth in under-resourced communities with the opportunity to be Pioneered by individuals from diverse cultures, to provide key career skills and enhance financial literacy. Learn more about their programs.
July 11th - August 19th 2022
Springfield Pride Parade is excited to announce, in partnership with Springfield College, their Safe Space Summer Program. This is a six-week program focused on a holistic approach to learning. The program will run on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (only 3 days a week) from 2pm – 7pm starting on July 11th thru August 19th 2022 on the campus of Springfield College (263 Alden St Springfield, MA 01109) for current Springfield Public School students who are in grades 6-12. The program includes on-site enrichment activities, seminars, exposure to colleges, a couple of off-site experiential learning visits/field trips, meals will be provided and much more. This is a FREE program for students!
The City of Springfield has joined with many fantastic partners over the years to raise many variations of the Pride flag at City Hall during the month of June. In June 2022, Springfield hosted its first and inaugural Springfield Pride Parade and is looking forward to more celebrations.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined thousands of other Americans and more than 60 other mayors who represent more than 21 million constituents in submitting a public comment and letter opposing a proposed federal rule attempting to undermine the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Equal Access Rule, which ensures protections for LGBTQ people seeking federal housing and safe shelter. Read more
Mayor Sarno states, “I’m proud to receive this acknowledgement and recognition from Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination. As I’ve always said a good person is a good person with mutual respect being the key to better understanding and appreciating one another.”
Mayor Sarno states, “I want to thank Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Attorney Talia Gee for bringing this matter to my attention. We wanted to create a safe and comfortable space where we could accommodate the needs of new parents so that they have the privacy they need. Special thanks to Human Resources and Labor Relations Director Attorney Bill Mahoney, PBRM Director Patrick Sullivan, City Hall Facility Manager Al Rodriguez and our dedicated city team for working together to create this special and important room here in City Hall for our employees. My administration recognizes the importance of breastfeeding and fully supports our employees as they care for their little bundles of joy. This parental leave lactation room will allow our employees to take the time they need, in a private setting if necessary, to care for their newest family members.”
The new parental leave lactation room is available at City Hall for city employees and includes all the amenities needed. Employees needing to use the room will notify and coordinate with their supervisor and the Human Resources Department.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris joined with Shenell R. Ford and the Heart2Heartbeat Lactation & Wellness and the Breastfeeding Community Action Circle to recognize and support National Breastfeeding Month with a flag raising ceremony on the front steps of City Hall. Mayor Sarno presented a proclamation declaring the month of August 2021 as “National Breastfeeding Month” in the City of Springfield.
August is National Breastfeeding Month, and celebrations occurr throughout the month, beginning with World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1st-7th), Native Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 8th-14th), Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 15th-21th), and Black Breastfeeding Week (Aug.25th-31st).
Mayor Sarno states, “I want to commend Ms. Ford – ‘Shenell.’ This young lady has really worked hard to get the word and education out on this very important nurturing mother and child public health aspect. Through Shenell’s continued and dedicated awareness initiatives and the efforts of my Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Attorney Talia Gee, we have, I believe one of the first municipal lactation private rooms in the area right here in City Hall for the comfort of our city mother employees who are nursing their child.”
Black Breastfeeding week was birthed from the vision of three innovators in the field of maternal child health, Kimberly Seals Allers, Kiddada Green, and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka, out of the need to raise awareness around the unique challenges and triumphs of being Black and breastfeeding.
2022 marks the 10th celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week, and it continues to bring visibility to the experiences, joys, and beauty of Black breastfeeding. The 2022 theme is “A New Foundation."