Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Overview

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was created in January 2020 to lead the city of Aurora in building, creating and maintaining a more equitable and inclusive city by systemically and strategically facilitating the integration of greater representation, fairness, belonging and care into our policies, procedures and practices.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion reports directly to the City Manager, emphasizing an organizational focus on creating a more equitable Aurora by enhancing equity, inclusion and cultural competence in our workplace and the provision of services to our residents. In June 2020, the Community Relations Division was moved from the Housing and Community Services Department to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in order to broaden the focus of community relations and community engagement organization-wide. For more information about upcoming events, or to become a sponsor, contact 303.739.7281 or communityrel@auroragov.org.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is strategically leading the organization through several interconnected initiatives. Steps include assessing where we are as an organization and as a community – what are the perceptions vs. the reality; a review of current challenges; inclusive leadership, unconscious bias, explicit and implicit bias and micro-aggression training for upper management, managers and supervisors; attracting, retaining and advancing top talent from diverse backgrounds; and developing a Racial Equity Plan for the city that will examine city services and procedures through a racial equity lens.

To learn more about the city of Aurora’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, contact 303.739.7699 or email officeofdei@auroragov.org.

Leadership

Janice Napper, Officer, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Claudine McDonald, Manager, Community Relations Division

Current initiatives  

Equity Champions

Equity Champions are the city’s racial equity core team, established in June 2020. They are the leadership team committed to equitable systemic change by designing, coordinating and organizing racial equity plans and activities across the city of Aurora. Their role is to champion and advocate for racial equity and model organizational values; represent departments at leadership meetings and communicate back to departments; provide leadership, facilitation and coaching to internal department teams; and coordinate, track and report department racial equity plans, successes and improvements. 

Resolutions

A resolution was passed May 5, 2020, by the City Council "Condemning Hate Crime Acts and Anti-Asian Sentiments Against Asian Americans, Immigrants, and Refugees as Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic."

Food is distributed to waiting cars at the Aurora Mobile Food PantryUpcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events hosted by the Community Relations Division

  • ADA Awareness Summit
  • Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Community Celebration
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration
  • LGBTQ+ Summit

Learn more about the city of Aurora’s Community Relations Division.

Proclamations promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Celebrating our diverse community begins with recognizing special events, people and groups who have positively impacted the city of Aurora. To accomplish this, the city issues a wide range of proclamations aimed at promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. For example, the city has issued proclamations celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Hispanic Heritage Month, Yom Kippur, Women’s History Month and others.

A proclamation must relate to the city of Aurora, or to an organization within the city, or to a statewide or national issue affecting Aurora, and must be in the general interest of our residents. Requests for proclamations are generally received from clubs, organizations, nonprofit groups and individuals.

To learn more, or to submit a proclamation request, visit the proclamation webpage.

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