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Posted on: November 2, 2023

Malden Announces new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator


The City of Malden welcomes its new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, Kashawna Harling!  Kashawna is not new to City Hall and most have already worked with her in her role as the Career Services Coordinator where she successfully employed 350 youth this past summer, implemented a work program for seniors and initiated a myriad of programs, workshops and informational activities to assist residents in finding employment. She approaches all she does with an equity lens and is committed to promoting a culture of respect, understanding, and acceptance.

Kashawna has a varied background and significant experience in developing strategies to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as a passion for helping and supporting residents from all backgrounds and abilities. She brings her experience of working with persons of diverse backgrounds as well as the ability to identify the needs of community members and advocate for resources.

Commenting on her new role, Kashawna stated, “I am truly honored and excited to serve as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator for the City of Malden. I am committed to building a more inclusive and equitable community for all residents. Together, we can foster a culture of respect, understanding, and acceptance. I look forward to working with the administration and the community to make positive changes for the betterment of our city."

“Kashawna has been an asset to our team over the last few years and I am excited to work with her as our DEI Coordinator,” said Mayor Christenson. “There were several applicants for the role, but Kashawna’s experience, knowledge of city government, and approachable personality made her the ideal candidate for our community. She will play a critical role in continuing the good work of her predecessor and increasing the focus on diversity, equity and inclusion both inside our organization and across the city."


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