Council Corner – Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Task Force
Last month, the City’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Task Force met for the first time. As a City Council, we want to take this moment to thank these community members for stepping up to help guide our work on DEI initiatives. DEI related issues aren’t the easiest to address. It takes courage to discuss issues and create change. We strongly believe that diverse and vibrant backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities of all types contribute to the health, welfare, and economy of Happy Valley. This new task force is a key first step in implementing long-term improvements and we are excited to see the results of their work.
Role of the Task Force
- Help the City identify and provide diverse and inclusive services, programs, and events that are accessible to all members of the community
- Assist the City’s efforts to reach out to and communicate with historically marginalized groups
- Act as a community voice in establishing a DEI Strategic Plan for the City
- Work with a consultant team, City staff, and elected leaders to develop a structure for DEI accountability and on-going conversations between the community and the City
If you or any of your neighbors are interested in this issue, please stay tuned. There will be open forums, town halls, and surveys that will be available to the public to stay connected to the process and project.