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Hillsboro's Equity Statement to Be Revised
Three themes emerged from 135 community comments and suggestions.
The City of Hillsboro is scheduled to present a revised draft of its Equity Statement to the City Council during an evening work session on November 19, 2019.
The update to the draft Equity Statement follows a month-long community outreach effort in August that yielded 135 comments and suggestions from community members, including City employees and members of the Hillsboro City Council.
“We want to express our gratitude for everyone who took the time to read the Equity Statement draft, give it deep thought, and then share honest feedback,” said Mayor Steve Callaway. “Your passion for equity and your passion for Hillsboro are deeply appreciated.”
The City’s Equity Team, comprised of City of Hillsboro employees, requested comments from the community and from coworkers through the City’s website, on social media, and at listening sessions held at Hillsboro’s two library branches and the Civic Center.
From the 135 comments and suggestions, three themes emerged to help move the Equity Statement forward:
Provide greater clarity on the definition of equity
Ensure community members know the City's Equity Statement is internally focused to guide the City's work in providing external services to the public.
Re-examine terms and wording choices, and revise the Equity Statement with feedback in mind.
In 2019, the Hillsboro City Council made it a City priority to “Support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in City policy-making and in the delivery of services by adopting an equity statement, continuing DEI training, and utilizing an equity lens.”