Golden Valley Forms Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission
The Golden Valley City Council voted to combine two entities to form the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. The city’s Rising TIDES Task Force and the Human Rights Commission will integrate to form the new commission, which will begin meeting in July.
The change comes as the temporary Rising TIDES task force is about to expire. The work of the task force will live on in the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Commission. Some Rising TIDES and Human Rights commission members will continue to serve.
According to council documents:
The commission will have nine voting members and two youth members.
The DEI commission will reflect the diversity of Golden Valley and create an inclusive space for those closest to matters of diversity, equity and inclusion:
- Individuals who has have professional, volunteer, or personal experiences with communities that have historically experienced or presently experience the stress and trauma of discrimination, for example, individuals with work or volunteer experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion, or personal involvement in advocacy or activism;
- Individuals who have professional, volunteer, or personal experiences with healing of marginalized communities;
- Individuals with personal experience involving discrimination.
At a minimum the membership shall consist of:
- One member with a connection to multifamily or group housing;
- One member of a community group that has demonstrated commitment to the values of racial equity, inclusion, social justice and human rights.
Overview of Purpose/Mission of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission
The commission’s mission is to promote and nurture a safe and welcoming community dedicated to the values of social equity, inclusion, and justice. The commission shall advise and make recommendations to the council in matters relating to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights.
Read more about the commission in council documents posted here.