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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion are inextricably linked to our ability to achieve our organizational goals, to be an employer of choice and to deliver our mission of “delivering superior services to enhance the lives of everyone in our community.”  

Latest News

Read the June 29 update about our latest actions to address systemic racism and create an even more equitable and inclusive community.

Our Commitment

We have an opportunity to listen, learn and act as a City to continue to build a local government that serves everyone. We commit to the following actions:

  • Perform a detailed assessment of our organization.
  • Develop a DEI training program.
  • Create and evaluate policies and key performance measures to support DEI initiatives and achieve greater inclusivity on our platforms. 
  • Invite the community, including those members who have expressed interest in being involved, to participate in a dialogue about racial justice solutions for Arvada.
  • Conduct future engagement around the City’s history master plan, which will focus on incorporating diverse historical perspectives and elevating the parts of Arvada’s history that represent the values and principles we revere most.

Key Terms

We use the following definitions as frameworks for understanding the role we play to combat racism:

  • 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.
  • Diversity - Understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people including those:
    • of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, sexual orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds
    • with difference in education, personalities, skill sets, experiences, and knowledge bases.
  • Equity - Programs and policies that ensure equal access and opportunity.
  • Inclusion - An intention or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized based on ethnicity, familial status, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, geographic background, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, or veteran status.

Recent Action

  • The City's internal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has identified short and long-term goals to keep moving this initiative forward.
  • The City has joined the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), nationally-recognized leader in advancing racial equity within government agencies. The City will work with GARE to identify materials and training for the City team and our community. 
  • The DEI Committee has incorporated racial justice educational materials within internal communications and has offered several venues for City team members to discuss DEI actions, policing practices and more. The focus is on continuous education on how to serve the needs of all members of our community.
  • In response to concerns expressed by our community, the City has removed an interpretive panel in Olde Town Arvada that conveyed a history of Ku Klux Klan activities in Arvada told in a way that many found offensive. (Future engagement around the City’s history master plan will focus on incorporating diverse historical perspectives and elevating the parts of Arvada’s history that represent the values and principles we revere most.)
  • On June 11, 2020, the Arvada City Council released a statement regarding the death of George Floyd.