UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray named a current member of the Leadership Council to a new role today, while shifting responsibility for overseeing the UUA’s public witness work to Acting Chief Operating Officer Carey McDonald.
Frederick-Gray appointed Taquiena Boston, who will remain director of Multicultural Growth and Witness, to the new position of Special Advisor to the President for Inclusion, Equity, and Change. “[Boston] will work closely with me, with other Leadership Council members, and with all UUA staff to develop and oversee internal organizational changes to ensure that the UUA embodies multicultural inclusion, equity, and justice-centered relationships at all levels of staffing,” Frederick-Gray said in her announcement. “This change provides executive leadership for the ongoing internal dialogue of how to decenter white supremacist culture and expectations within the UUA staff, a key priority of the first year of my presidency.”
Boston will continue to oversee the multicultural growth programs of her staff group, but Frederick-Gray said that McDonald will for the time being oversee the department’s congregational organizing and public witness work, including Standing on the Side of Love and LoveResists. “This will allow Carey to lead a review of the UUA staff’s public witness process over the coming months and make recommendations about our structures for advancing public witness priorities.”