Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The City of Monroe is focused on prioritizing and implementing citywide programs, trainings, and services to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive city with opportunities for all. Mayor Geoffrey Thomas and the Monroe City Council have signed a joint statement (PDF)  condemning and standing against racism, discrimination, hatred, and committing to taking actions to advocate for and make positive changes to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community.

  1. Building an Inclusive City
  2. Creating Infrastructure for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  3. Justice Efforts
  4. Law Enforcement Efforts

Building an Inclusive City:

Building and strengthening the relationship with the city’s network of community liaisons and continuing to work with them to provide city programs, services, outreach, and enhanced civic engagement.    

  • Mayor Thomas, city staff, and councilmembers are engaged with residents from our city’s Hispanic/LatinX community through the St. Mary of the Valley Catholic Church.
  • Mayor Thomas and city staff are engaged in the Monroe Equity Council.  
  • Mayor Thomas has engaged with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mosque.  
  • Mayor Thomas is working with community groups to not just ensure that significant events and historical moments are recognized, including by proclamations,  but also to listen and take actions with staff and City Council to improve in areas related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Conducting an internal analysis of city systems, through the use of an inclusion and equity lens, with the goal of identifying specific actions and policies to move towards a more inclusive city.

  • Mayor Thomas and the City Council have established the Community Human Services Advisory Board (CHSAB) to address both issues related and contributing to homelessness and to provide support related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.         
  • Mayor Thomas is evaluating the use of a diversity, equity, and inclusion toolkit to provide a method to assess various practices, policies, and budgetary proposals as they could affect people and employers in our city.

Facilitating staff training and workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Partnering with stakeholders and community leaders.