Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


This page will serve as a clearinghouse of DEI-related information and updates for Mill Valley and from community partners and agencies across Marin County.


Introduction of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tracking Tool & Process

On February 18, 2021 Council considered the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Work Plan prepared by staff in response to the Mill Valley DEI Task Force’s Report & Recommendations. While Council did not approve the DEI Task Forces’ top two recommendations to appoint a permanent DEI Commission and develop a facilitator-driven Racial Equity Plan, Council gave full support to 45 specific, tactical, actionable, measurable recommendations to meaningfully advance racial equity in Mill Valley.

Attached is a table that will track the process of each of these recommendations to conclusion.


Our Commitment: The City of Mill Valley commits to act and encourage community action towards eliminating racial disparities, both inside government and in the community.

Our Approach:

  1. Operate with Urgency - Work with urgency to accelerate progress towards the City’s DEI goals.
  2. Build Staff and Organizational Capacity - Build existing internal structures and training to augment existing skills and competencies.
  3. Leverage Existing Resources -  Continue momentum and strengthen partnerships with allied organizations and community members.
  4. Operate with Accountability & Transparency -  Commitment to open and public decision-making, to track and report regularly on DEI initiatives, and provide opportunities for input.
  5. Achieve Goals with Scaled Approach -  Focus on efforts that are appropriately scaled and within City jurisdiction. 
  6. Institutional Approach - Work across all City departments and divisions, with a focus on examining  existing City policies and procedures to eliminate racial disparities.

See the City of Mill Valley Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work Plan.


RESOURCES:

LATEST NEWS
DEI-related information and updates for Mill Valley and from community partners and agencies across Marin County.












Building Bridges Book Club

April 5, 2021 

Read and discuss a book of poems with others who appreciate poetry and would like to take a closer look at form, structure, and craft. Discussions will be lively and interactive, and participants will have a chance to share thoughts and ask questions. Come prepared to read favorite poems, lines, and passages from the book aloud.

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Southern Marin Fire District Launches Diversity Initiatives

April 1, 2021 

At their meeting on March 24, 2021, the Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) Board of Directors received an update on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) activities and adopted three strategic initiatives with the goal of creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive agency and culture.

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8 Books Remix: Episode 23 Remix: Brandy Colbert

February 18, 2021 

Librarian Natalie McCall chats with Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of books for children and teens (The Voting Booth, Little & Lion, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, Finding Yvonne, Pointe, The Only Black Girls In Town).

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Connor's Story

February 4, 2021 

Meet Connor, a talented photographer and staff member of the Mill Valley Community Center, and learn how everyone benefits when we build an inclusive, welcoming place for us all.

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DEI Initiatives Update - July 6, 2020

July 6, 2020 

At their June 15, 2020 meeting, the Mill Valley City Council directed the formation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force to review and develop additional actions, investigate best practices, and make specific recommendations to Council for next steps.

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City of Mill Valley to Adopt Black Lives Matter Resolution

June 17, 2020 

After a powerful, 5-hour community meeting on June 15, with over 200 participants, on the topic of Black Lives Matter, the City Council will consider at their next meeting in July the adoption of a Resolution stating that Black Lives Matter, that racial equity is a matter of local importance, and committing to the development of a plan towards creating a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community for people of all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, including those who live, work, attend school, and visit Mill Valley.

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