General Committee Update – October 19, 2021

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:

  1. Commitment from the top,
  2. DEI recruitment,
  3. Employee retention,
  4. Training and development,
  5. Marketing and communications,
  6. Strategic DEI focused partnerships,
  7. Data collection
  8. Accountability.

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.

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