Equity and Inclusion
Equity and inclusion are frameworks to accomplish the City's goals of sustaining an environment where residents and visitors feel welcomed, safe and valued in the community. We seek to exemplify the highest standards of ethical behavior, provide outstanding service to diverse customer needs, embody a culture of health, safety and wellness.
In 2017, the City of Fort Collins became a member of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a membership network of government entities working to advance equitable outcomes for all.
What does Equity & Inclusion mean for the City organization?
As outlined in the City's Social Sustainability Strategic Plan, equity and inclusion are frameworks to accomplish the City's goals of sustaining an environment where residents and visitors feel welcomed, safe, and valued in our community. The goals of equity and inclusion succinctly align with our City Values as we seek to exemplify the highest standards of ethical behavior, provide outstanding service to diverse customer needs, embody a culture of health, safety and wellness, and intentionally find better ways to perform our work.
Five focus areas to address current conditions, based on feedback from the community:
- Create and maintain an equitable and inclusive workplace culture.
- Diversify community voices that inform City processes, including ensuring representation on boards and commissions across a broad range of demographics, including age, disability, veteran's status, race and socioeconomic status.
- Host events that increase education and awareness and leverage our diversity.
- Increase organizational capacity to advance equity, both internally and externally.
- Enhance our recruitment and retention efforts to ensure a municipal workforce that represents or exceeds community demographics.
Why is it important?
As a leader in world-class practices and innovation, the City seeks to establish and sustain an environment where every community member may fully participate. Local governments across the nation are confronting inequity within their organizations' practices, policies, and planning efforts in order to increase opportunity for all who live, work and play within their communities.
Local government must be intentional in creating and sustaining inclusivity in its service to the community. We will learn from and work with community collaborators to learn more about inequity within our community. We are also uniquely positioned as a local government to examine the ways in which we do business, evaluating strengths and weaknesses, identifying strategies to improve practices, and sustaining efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive organization for staff and residents alike.
City Goals and Measuring Success
The City seeks to create and sustain an environment where every employee and community member feels that they can bring their whole self to the organization, and that in showing up fully they will be safe and valued – an environment that directly benefits the City’s organizational mission to provide exceptional municipal services. The City seeks to measure equity and inclusion goals internally and externally.
Equity Team Subcommittees
Equity Team Subcommittees:
- LGBTQ+ Subcommittee: Raise awareness about gender identity and expression so that staff who identify on that continuum feel safe, included and valued at work, as well as residents, visitors and tourists in our community.
- Education & Tools Subcommittee: Helping execute diversity initiatives that increase understanding, respect and sense of belonging among staff to enhance employee experience and customer service.
- Public Participation Subcommittee: Diversifying voices that inform Council, city processes and decisions so that our organization better serves all members of our community.
- Transportation Equity Subcommittee: Helping provide education and awareness around mobility needs for all ages, abilities, and incomes; identifying gaps in current transportation efforts, serving as advisory body on projects and programs (including Transportation Master Plan).
Community Trust Resolution Finalized
In 2017, City council requested an internal team be convened to review a proposed Community Trust Ordinance brought forward by members of the community. After the analysis was completed, Council unanimously passed the Community Trust Resolution on October 4, 2017.
After the passage of Resolution 2017-091, a stakeholder group met over a four-month period in early 2018 and communicated their results to Council in June 2018. Social Sustainability will continue to help mitigate barriers to inclusion experienced by immigrant community members in Fort Collins through a variety of means, including helping normalize conversations on race relations; work with Human Resources to continue offering staff trainings on bias, privilege, and being an ally; and partner with Police Services and the Communications and Public Involvement Office to foster ongoing communications and relationship-building with
Noticed the Colorful Banners?
The City’s new ‘We are Fort Collins’ multilingual banners are one of the ways the City is working on our commitment to celebrate diversity and support an inclusive community, where all of our residents and visitors feel valued. The banners are built around the linguistic diversity within Fort Collins and include the 13 languages most spoken here as well as two Native American languages to acknowledge the ancestral language and place name of the area.
Multicultural Community Retreat
The annual Multicultural Community Retreat is a two day getaway that provides participants an opportunity to explore diversity and inclusion issues in a safe environment while becoming better stewards of cultural competency.
FoCo Speaks Out!
FoCo Speaks Out! promotes vital conversations around local issues of social justice to deliberately build a community where every person is treated with dignity and respect.
How Do I Get Involved With The City’s Efforts?
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator