Diversity Committee

In June 2012, the Iowa City City Council established the Diversity Committee which was formulated to serve as an ad hoc council committee to review issues relating to diversity within the City organization. The committee reviewed the policies, practices and procedures within the Iowa City Police Department and the Transportation Services Department with the intent to provide a set of recommendations to the City Council on diversity-related matters. In March 2013, the Diversity Committee supplied the City Council and City staff with their recommendations. City staff developed an implementation form and reporting process designed to incorporate recommendations from both the Diversity Committee and City staff. The City Manager initiated a Diversity Task force and appointed an Equity Director to ensure the recommendations are implemented and in compliance with the goals of the City Council. The Council passed a resolution supporting various recommendations from City staff and the Diversity Committee.

Council Resolution of 2013 Approving Staff Recommendations for Implementation
of Various Recommendations by the Ad Hoc Diversity Committee

Council Resolution approving 2015 Equity Action Plan and the Five Areas of Focus
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City of Iowa City's Social Justice & Racial Equity Grant

Community Policing

Disproportionate Minority Contact Study


Diversity Implementation Form

The Diversity Implementation Form (DIF) supplies the public with up-to-date information regarding the implementation of various recommendations made from both the Diversity Committee and City staff. The form will be updated and reposted to indicate the progress being made with each recommendation.

Diversity Implementation Form 2013-2014
Diversity Implementation Update and Status on Racial Equity and Diversity Initiative 1st  Quarter 2015
Diversity Implementation Update and Status on Racial Equity and Diversity Initiative 2nd Quarter 2015
Diversity Implementation Update and Status on Racial Equity and Diversity Initiative 3rd  Quarter 2015
Diversity Implementation Update and Status on Racial Equity and Diversity Initiative 4th Quarter 2015
Diversity Implementation Update and Status on Racial Equity and Diversity Initiative 1st Quarter 2016
Diversity Implementation Update and Status on Racial Equity and Diversity Initiative 2nd Quarter 2016
Diversity Implementation Update and Status on Racial Equity and Diversity Initiative 3rd Quarter 2016
 


Equity Director

Appointed by the City Manager, the Equity Director serves as adviser to the City Manager on issues of equity and diversity, and coordinates the City’s efforts and initiatives with regard to education, customer service, partnerships and publishing an annual comprehensive equity report.


Diversity Task Force

Created by the City Manager, the Diversity Task force, an internal staff committee, provides oversight on the implementation of the recommendations approved by the Diversity Committee and City staff. The task force also assists in the creation of the Annual Equity/Diversity Report.


Annual Equity Report

The Annual Equity Report is a comprehensive report summarizing data and reports from various departments and divisions within the City organization. The report provides relevant statistical data on matters of diversity and equity and showcases progress made on the recommendations from the Diversity Committee and City Council. 


Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE) 

A map of the United States that shows cities that are involved in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity.

The City of Iowa City is a part of the Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE). GARE is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Across the country, governmental jurisdictions are:

  • Making a commitment to achieving racial equity
  • Focusing on the power and influence of their own institutions, and
  • Working in partnership with others

When this occurs, significant leverage and expansion opportunities emerge, setting the stage for the achievement of racial equity in our communities.

More information about GARE is available at http://racialequityalliance.org/.