Local leaders are taking on an ambitious goal: to make Massachusetts a desired destination for people of color in the belief that their contributions will be vital to the region's social and economic future.
Commonwealth Compact, a project organized by three of Boston's civic and business leaders and supported by several dozen others, is committed to concrete steps aimed at making Boston a welcoming, diverse place to live and work for all people. In May 2008, Steve Crosby, then dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, convened the effort, along with former Suffolk County District Attorney Ralph Martin, an attorney with Bingham McCutchen and former chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and Steve Ainsley, then publisher of The Boston Globe.
To establish Massachusetts as a uniquely inclusive, honest and supportive community of—and for—diverse people. To acknowledge our mixed history in this effort, and to face squarely the challenges that still need to be overcome, understanding that the rich promise of the region's growing diversity must be tapped fully if Boston and Massachusetts are to achieve their economic, civic, and social potential.