- When the Council laid out their most recent strategic plan, they committed to acting courageously to advance racial equity and indicated an interest in learning more about the topic. So, one of things I decided to do in this new role was host a series of Council training sessions that will help councilmembers recognize institutional and systemic barriers to services and opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC communities). The training is designed to be thoughtful, reflective and interactive.
Racial Equity and Inclusion
The City continues to make progress on the Council’s strategic priority of advancing equity and inclusion. Hiring a full-time Racial Equity Coordinator in late 2019 moved this priority forward. The Racial Equity Coordinator is responsible for integrating race and equity principles into all operations, projects and services of the City. The coordinator will accomplish this through the application and integration of best practices, training City staff, and tracking and measuring outcomes.
The City is also making progress in recruiting and hiring a more diverse workforce. Of the more than 100 individuals hired for full-time City positions since January 2016, 24% identify themselves of as persons of color. Having a workforce that reflects the community we serve builds connections, enhances trust and expands perspectives, which ultimately results in better service to all residents.