Last night at General Committee, Council had its first look at the proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategic plan.
This DEI Strategic Action Plan is a key step in our Town’s commitment to build and maintain a workforce that is talented, diverse, and committed to fostering a safe, fair, and inclusive workplace…. The plan was developed by Dr Nafeesa Jalal and is organized around eight strategic goals:
- Commitment from the top,
- DEI recruitment,
- Employee retention,
- Training and development,
- Marketing and communications,
- Strategic DEI focused partnerships,
- Data collection
As I said at the table, the culture of any organization/Town starts at the top and the leadership needs to set the tone for that culture. And that is exactly what we have tried to instill from day 1 of this term of office. Our leadership team has set a tone that will allow us as an organization and Town to work toward becoming a more inclusive workplace where all feel that they belong.
And while this is an exciting step in our evolution as a Town when it comes to diversity and inclusion… Diversity and inclusion strategies are not simply a task on a list, to be completed and forgotten about. They should be and will be integral to every aspect of our lives; Woven into the fabric of our community as we build a positive more inclusive future. And that is exactly what this plan will allow us to do- demonstrating, once again, that Aurora truly is a community that cares… The recommendation to endorse the plan was passed unanimously and will need to be ratified at Council next week.