Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DE&I Team

The City of River Falls’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is guided by a framework that provides space in the organization for intentional conversations, time for personal and professional growth, and opportunities for reflection of practice and progress.

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Diversity is defined broadly to encompass the range of human characteristics and experiences that comprises an individual’s personality, knowledge, reactions, and perspectives.  

Diversity can include, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, generational aspects, social class, physical ability or attributes, veteran status, educational background, work status, family status, religious or ethical values system, national origin, professional experiences, and political beliefs.

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Equity provides for 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. Action around equity requires the understanding of root causes of disparities, while taking positive steps in removing barriers to promote access and inclusion. 

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 Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can feel and be welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.

Vision

To work in a City that values all people, takes an active role in learning, makes diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority, openly accepts differences, speaks up for those when bias shows up in conversation and includes, invites, and welcomes everyone in. 

Mission

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team exists to help us better understand ourselves, our organization, and our community, as we continually find ways to value our unique differences. 

 Our team will work to create, and sustain, a culture of belonging for everyone as we continually strive to be an inclusive employer of choice. 

Values

In its work to welcome diversity, pursue equity, and strive for inclusion, the committee will emulate these City values:

  • We put people first
  • We pursue excellence
  • We act with integrity
  • We embrace change
  • We serve our community
  • We consider future generations

DEI Team goals

  • Develop and increase self, and organizational, awareness related to the value and importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Ensure programs, policies, and procedures are in place to build, develop, and foster a welcoming and inclusive culture. 
  • Include equity and inclusion considerations as a priority when delivering municipal services and conducting business interactions.

Quote from the Leadership 

While we have committed to doing our best, there is much room for improvement. We know that we need to move forward, reach higher, listen more, and do better when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 We must commit to looking inside ourselves and our organization to understand where we have come from as individuals, managers, employers, and community members and be clear about where we need to go.

Accomplishments

January 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team established
June 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Training for Executive Team – Ellie Krug
June 2021 Proclamation Recognition of Pride Month – 2021
September  2021  Gray Area Thinking Training for Executive Leadership Team and DE&I Team – Ellie Krug
December 2021 City Council adopted a resolution which supports DE&I through an endorsement of the DE&I Team framework
December 2021 Added Martin Luther King Jr. day as a recognized City holiday beginning in 2022
December 2021 Belonging and Inclusion Survey sent to all employees
March 2022 Finalized DE&I team logo and City website page
March 2022 Sent results from belonging and inclusion survey to employees with action items 

The City of River Falls DE&I Team will formally recognize the following months:

  • February - African American History
  • March - Women’s History 
  • May - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • June - LGBTQ Pride 
  • Sept/Oct - Hispanic Heritage
  • October - National Disability
  • November - Native American Heritage