On May 18, 2021, the Board of Aldermen adopted an ordinance establishing the Diversity and Inclusion Commission to provide special insight and guidance on matters of equity, diversity and inclusion. The City is currently seeking applicants to serve on the commission.
The Board of Aldermen believes that great communities are those that are enriched by diversity, where opportunity is universal and inclusiveness is a foundational principle. Parkville has a long tradition of valuing character and community commitment. The goal of the Diversity and Inclusion Commission is to create a foundation for open and respectful discussion to share challenges.
The Diversity and Inclusion Commission will consist of five members who are citizens and residents of Parkville. In order to stagger the appointment terms, the initial term for three members will three years and the initial term for two members will be two years. Thereafter, members will serve three-year terms.
Once all the members are appointed, they will meet to determine the specifics of the Commission, such as structure, officers, meeting frequency, procedures, etc.
The Commission shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on ways to:
- Promote community awareness and education on the value of diversity in the community.
- Promote equity on the bases of economic status, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, familial status, sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Evaluate and develop actionable recommendations to be used to examine and strengthen policies, practices, services and programs.
- Promote responsiveness of government to concerns of all minority groups and others that may be subject to bias or discrimination in the community.
- Encourage the creation and continuation of community equity, diversity and inclusion awareness efforts, programs and activities that are available and accessible to all community members.
- Address ad hoc requests related to diversity and inclusion from the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
Mayor Johnston said, “I applaud the Board of Aldermen for establishing a Diversity and Inclusion Commission and making it a standing committee of the City of Parkville. We welcome the opportunity to become a more equitable and inclusive community and continue to find ways to improve the lives of all of our citizens.”
Parkville residents who are interested in serving on the Diversity and Inclusion Commission are encouraged to submit an application and resume/biography to the City Clerk at 8880 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO 64152 or by e-mail. The application is available on the City’s website at http://parkvillemo.gov/boards-commissions/apply-today/. For more information contact Parkville City Hall at (816) 741-7676.