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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update

19 Nov 2020

The City’s commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion continues.

Two important components of the City’s work to address racial justice are currently in progress:

A Request for Proposals for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Training for all City employees, City Council and Boards/Commission was sent out this fall and the City anticipates beginning DEI training with the final selected firm by the end of 2020.

Hiring of the City’s FIRST Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager is underway. This new position will champion and coordinate internal and external efforts to promote social equity and justice causes. The City anticipates filling this role by January 2021.

On Monday, Nov. 16,City Council approved the City’s 2021-22 budget, which will allocate $1.5 million per year to support the Community Task Force on Policing in implementing its work on the Use of Force Study’s recommendations and a body-worn camera program in the Vancouver Police Department. To learn more about the Community Task Force on Policing please visit: https://www.beheardvancouver.org/vancouver-community-task-force-on-policing

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