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.”
As part of an ongoing commitment to listen, learn and act as a City to continue to build a local government that serves everyone, the City hosted two remote community meetings on Sept. 30 and Oct. 8, 2020.
During the meetings, community members provided feedback and asked questions of the City team. Read the Q&A.
A Candid Conversation with the Chief of Police
Former Councilmember Dot Miller and Police Chief Link Strate discussed the culture of the Arvada Police Department.
Watch the full conversation.
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.
We use the following definitions to inform this work and seek to continually evolve our understanding of shared terms as we learn and grow through this process. The definitions are provided by The Independent Sector:
- 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 the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.
- Inclusion - The act of creating environments in which any person or group feels welcomed, respected, and able to fully participate.
We use the following definitions as frameworks for understanding the role we play to combat racism and use the following definitions as we move forward to understanding and learning together. The definitions are provided by Aspen Institute:
- Systemic Racism - A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. It identifies dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure and adapt over time. Structural racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead, it has been a feature of the social, economic, and political systems in which we all exist.
- Institutional Racism - The various policies, practices, and programs within or across institutions in a community that can lead to adverse outcomes for communities of color compared to white communities.
- 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.
- On June 29, 2020, the City released an update about our latest actions to address systemic racism and create an even more equitable and inclusive community.
- The City hosted two remote community meetings on Sept. 30 and Oct. 8 that were focused on learning more from the community about making Arvada a more inclusive place.
For questions or comments, please contact the DEI Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- by City Manager