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Equity and Inclusion

Definitions & Objectives#

The City understands working to address racial inequities helps create equitable outcomes for all. We rely on the following definitions as frameworks for understanding the role we play to combat racism and advance equity for all.

Diversity: Diversity is multiple expressions of culture, ethnic origin, race, age, gender identity and expression, physical ability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, political viewpoints, language abilities, socioeconomic status, and more.

Equity: A process and outcome both. A process by which policies, programs and tools are developed to ensure the elimination of existing disparities and includes inclusive engagement that leverages diversity. It becomes an outcome once a person's identity or identities no longer impacts their ability to experience equality and access to services.

Inclusion:  It is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group feels welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate and be their full, authentic selves. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in the words, actions, and thoughts of all people. More than simply diversity and numerical representation, inclusion involves empowered participation and a true sense of belonging.

Systemic Racism: The various policies, practices and programs of differing institutions within a community that can lead to adverse outcomes for communities of color compared to white communities.

Institutional Racism: Policies, practices, and programs that, most often unintentionally and unconsciously, work to the benefit of white people and the detriment of people of color.

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2022 Strategic Objective (full plan can be found here)

Strategic Plan outlines short- and mid-term objectives, influences the City’s budgeting process, and guides the implementation of the City’s full range of services. This objective below provides guidance for departments to apply an equity lens to all projects and services. 

Neighborhood Livability & Social Health Objective 1.4

Advance equity for all with an emphasis on racial justice to remove systemic barriers so that persons of all identities, including race, ethnicity, religion, gender and gender identity, age, class, sexual orientation, and physical and mental abilities can fully participate in City services and experience equitable community outcomes.