Lacey drafts Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan


To further champion diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), the Lacey Commission on Equity contracted with The Athena Group to draft its DEI Strategic Plan.

The Athena Group’s  Ronald Medley presented drafts for the DEI Strategic Plan’s vision, mission and impact statements, during the June 27 meeting.

“We want to think about not just that we have a strategy, but that this strategy is measurable,” said Medley. “Not that we just have impact statements, but we can draw a clear line between that impact and how far along we are to achieve it.”

Medley’s suggested drafts of the vision and mission statements revolved around equity and social justice as core principles of public services, policies and programs.

The commissioners suggested that the vision and mission statements should include the actions that the Commission on Equity will do in response to the public’s communication.

For the impact statements, Medley presented three consolidated focus areas: Workforce and Work Environment, Community Access and Engagement and Incorporate Performance Measures.

But due to time constraints, the commissioners only tackled the first consolidated focus area.

Equitable practices with the city’s hiring, planning and programming processes served as the main discussion point for the 

The commission will hold another work session with The Athena Group for the DEI strategic plan on July 25.

The Athena Group is a private consulting organization that works with government leaders to provide guidance, coaching and training about  policy and decision-making.


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