Mayor Gary Christenson recently announced a fully funded Language Access Plan (LAP) for the City of Malden. The plan, the byproduct of an extensive effort by the Mayor’s Office to identify the various ways local government interacts with our diverse population, is noteworthy for both its comprehensive coverage and financial commitment. “I’m pleased to provide a detailed plan that will ensure we deliver a truly successful, inclusive approach, with the resources needed to deliver on the plan and the commitment to measuring its effectiveness,” commented Mayor Christenson.
The LAP will identify the City of Malden’s approach to the topic in all key areas. Funding in the amount of $350,000 is provided to execute the plan over a two-year period, after which the City can evaluate the metrics and adjust the plan based upon real measurable experiences. A major component is funding for a Language Access Coordinator who will drive its execution, assist City Departments, and measure the success of the approach for future adjustments.
The Mayor noted that Communications Director, Ron Cochran, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Bybiose Larochelle will work together with the Language Access Coordinator to ensure true, measurable success of the initiative. “Success in the implementation will truly be a team effort,” he said. “I want to thank our community members and the Malden City Council for their advocacy. I believe that this comprehensive approach is a critical step toward making sure that all residents can access services and engage in city government.”