The role of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Board is to advise the Board of County Commissioners, and County departments as guided by strategic planning put forth by the Board of Commissioners and the advisory board, in order to ensure that equity, diversity, and inclusion are central in the ways the County structures services, infrastructure, governance, and management of resources.

The advisory board will evaluate programs, policies, and initiatives and provide feedback and recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners about how to structure the opportunity, outreach, or service such that access is assured and the benefits of the effort can be experienced by all community members without regard to personal characteristics. Important elements to the role of the advisory board include the following:

  • Justice seeks to dismantle the barriers to opportunities and systemic disadvantages to people's ability to access resources and opportunities.
  • Equity is promoting justice and ensuring the same accessibility to resources and opportunities for all members of a community. Equity exists when structural barriers that have historically disadvantaged certain groups are removed and replaced with those that ensure everyone has access to the opportunities and tools they need to thrive. County policymaking and service delivery, across all County departments, takes into account the different challenges and needs of the entire community, such that outcomes and access are not determined by personal characteristics like race and ethnicity, income level and geography. All residents, regardless of identity, are able to participate in the community's economic vitality, contribute to the community's readiness for the future, and connect to local assets and resources in a meaningful way.
  • Diversity includes the many ways that people differ, including the variation of social and cultural identities as well as race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, immigration status, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, socioeconomic status, income, neighborhood of residence, rural or urban residence, spoken language, or other personal characteristics among our community members.
  • Inclusion means that all community members feel safe, welcomed, valued, and encouraged to fully participate and have a sense of belonging.
Number of Members: 
9
Term Length: 
3 Years
Organization Type: 
Board
Board Bylaws: 
Meets: 

TBD

Commissioner Liaison: