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Diversity and Equity Strategic Plan Origin: City Council of Burlington, Vermont Bill Name/Number: City of Burlington Diversity & Equity Strategic Plan Link: Click here Summary: Passed unanimously in 2014, the city council of Burlington, VT adopted a resolution to create a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to facilitate the development of a strate gic plan to eliminate race-based disparities across all city departments, promote inclusion and engagement of all community members, and eliminate racebased disparities in the greater Burlington community. Talking Points & Important Information: • Having established that institutional racism and ethnic-based discrimination are issues to be eradicated in the city of Burlington, the city council and mayor enacted this strategic plan to institutionalize inclusion, equity, and justice for all. • Research indicates that in both large-set and small group studies, racial and ethnocultural diversity are greatly beneficial. Whether it be innovation-focused banks showcasing racial diversity as clearly related to enhanced financial performance to neighborhoods and schools promoting critical, analytical skills through diverse perspectives, inclusive communities make us better. • In the past few years, there has been a profusion of articles enumerating the myriad benefits of diversity in the workplace. From Forbes to The Entrepreneur, companies and advocates alike are singing the economic benefits of workforce diversity. • Whether public or private, it is important to enact meaningful measures of diversity and inclusion in all sectors. These measures grow our economy because diversity in thought and demographics fosters innovation, drives creativity, captures – and empowers – a greater share of the consumer market, and lessens turnover. • Enshrining inclusion and equity combats the often false narratives around immigration and can focus on the positive social and economic contributions immigration has consistently shown in the history of our country. • For more examples of diversity and equity strategic plans, see here, here, and here. And for more on diversity and equity initiatives in Burlington, click here. 2015 POLICY BOOK LOCAL LEVEL PAGE 52