2020 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Accomplishments

  • Held 8 meetings.
  • Formed 4 subcommittees which included: Education, Event, Public Awareness and Metrics/Strategic Plan/Surveys and Evaluations.
  • Guest Speaker Pete Metz of the Metro Bus Service presented information about public transportation and the Move Forward Plan to committee members during the February meeting.
  • At the recommendation of the Committee, in March City officials met with the CEO’s of the Hispanic, African American, Indian American and Chinese American chambers of commerce to explore opportunities for encouraging more minority businesses in Montgomery.
  • Committee Members Rosa and Juan Molina gave a wonderful, informative, and fun presentation on Hispanic Culture during the June meeting.
  • Represented in the July 4 Reverse Parade with members on a parade float.
  • Member Priya Viswalingam presented “Indian Culture and Hinduism” at the July meeting.
  • In the aftermath of the George Floyd tragedy, the Committee participated in a 3-part discussion series (August, September and October meetings) about “Why Black Lives Matter in Montgomery.” In September, Chris Burns and Lydell “Dell” Carter gave an informative presentation on the book Stamped from the Beginning: the Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi to committee members.
  • Planned the third #IamMontgomery Dinner Party in October but was cancelled due to the pandemic.
  • Guest Alona Ballard, Education Specialist from HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) presented “Fair Housing 101” to committee members at the November meeting.
  • City Manager Brian Riblet, Community and Information Service Director Matthew Vanderhorst, and committee member Umama Alam gave a presentation about Montgomery’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts during the July 2020 Alliance for Innovation Transforming Local Government Conference.
  • The Committee help plan and participate in the April 2020 #TurnMontgomeryBlue campaign to recognize healthcare and front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The City of Montgomery has been chosen to receive the Building Inclusive Community award for the 2020 CLIMB Awards presented by the Cincinnati Business Courier in partnership with The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

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