Chandler kicks off diversity, equity and inclusion assessment

Dec. 3, 2021
DEI staff and community members

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The City of Chandler will begin its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) assessment this month, using Sacramento-based CPS HR Consulting to coordinate the effort with the City’s DEI Division. The project will take approximately six months, pending participants’ availability and ensuring the consultant hears from all interested parties.

The assessment consists of four key tasks as defined in the scope of work, which include the following:

  • Meet one-on-one with the Mayor and Councilmembers
  • Conduct a community focus group with key stakeholders and residents
  • Engage City staff to complete a DEI survey and hold employee focus groups
  • Work with City Councilmembers and City Manager’s Office to build a DEI policy framework and finalize a DEI policy statement

The City encourages Chandler residents to submit an application to participate in the external focus group that will consist of 20-25 community members. Residents can apply online at chandleraz.gov/DEIstudy and select Public Involvement. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 17. Selected participants will be notified in early January 2022, and the initial focus group meeting will occur a few weeks later.

In addition, public comment on the City’s diversity efforts will be accepted throughout the process and may be submitted online at chandleraz.gov/DEIPublicComment.

The origin of this DEI assessment began in June 2020, when Chandler’s Mayor and City Council issued a Unity proclamation, which tasked the City’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) to engage with the community and make recommendations to the City Council to benefit the quality of life, economic opportunity and relationships within Chandler.

As part of their initial outreach, the HRC conducted a diversity and inclusion survey, which resulted in several recommendations, including the hiring of a consultant to evaluate existing City programs, outreach, partnerships and more. The Chandler City Council approved the HRC’s recommendation and directed a public process for the review and recommendation of a DEI policy as part of this scope.

The City of Chandler is one of the most diverse communities in Arizona.  The purpose of this assessment is to engage all of Chandler's diverse voices to provide input that will be used to develop a roadmap for the development of future programs.  These programs will further enhance the quality of life for all those that live, work or visit in Chandler.

The scope of the work for the DEI assessment, along with the timeline and other background information is available online at chandleraz.gov/DEIstudy. The website will continue to be updated throughout the process.

For questions about the DEI assessment process or participation in the external focus group, contact Niki Tapia, DEI program manager, at 480-782-2214.   

 

Media contact:          
Stephanie Romero   
City of Chandler, Public Information Officer
480-782-2231