Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity

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We know what diversity and inclusivity mean - but what do they REALLY mean???

Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive community promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its residents and stakeholders (from Ferris State University).

Why diversity matters!!

We know intuitively that diversity matters. It’s also increasingly clear that it makes sense in purely business terms. The latest research finds that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians. Companies in the bottom quartile in these dimensions are statistically less likely to achieve above-average returns. And diversity is probably a competitive differentiator that shifts market share toward more diverse companies over time. (From McKinsey & company, "Why Diversity Matters?")

What does this have to do with the Comprehensive Planning process???

A well-planned, well-run City considers all aspects of its community in long-range planning, including the diverse make-up and demographics of its residents and finds ways to engage with all people and include them in the strengthening and development of our community.

We encourage you to stay engaged throughout the Diversity & Inclusivity topical outreach and provide your input in various ways, starting with the visual preference surveys located on this page and on Nextdoor, by sharing examples of diversity and inclusion events and moments that have impacted you, or by completing the Diversity & Inclusivity survey.


We know what diversity and inclusivity mean - but what do they REALLY mean???

Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive community promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its residents and stakeholders (from Ferris State University).

Why diversity matters!!

We know intuitively that diversity matters. It’s also increasingly clear that it makes sense in purely business terms. The latest research finds that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians. Companies in the bottom quartile in these dimensions are statistically less likely to achieve above-average returns. And diversity is probably a competitive differentiator that shifts market share toward more diverse companies over time. (From McKinsey & company, "Why Diversity Matters?")

What does this have to do with the Comprehensive Planning process???

A well-planned, well-run City considers all aspects of its community in long-range planning, including the diverse make-up and demographics of its residents and finds ways to engage with all people and include them in the strengthening and development of our community.

We encourage you to stay engaged throughout the Diversity & Inclusivity topical outreach and provide your input in various ways, starting with the visual preference surveys located on this page and on Nextdoor, by sharing examples of diversity and inclusion events and moments that have impacted you, or by completing the Diversity & Inclusivity survey.

  • Thank you for your participation in the Connect2Create visioning process.  This survey on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity should take 5 - 10 minutes to complete and is comprised of mostly drop-down and multiple choice answers, with an opportunity or two to write in your own ideas.  Your participation in this survey will help staff develop the Comprehensive Plan for the City.  Your responses will remain anonymous.

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