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DEI Initiatives Update - January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

This information will be shared tonight at the City Council meeting during the City Manager's Report. Participate.

City-Wide DEI Initiatives

Library

2021 CITY READ - The Mill Valley Public Library invites community members to join in a conversation about the complicated issues of race in America through two books: Eddie S. Glaude Jr's Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, and James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time.

The program includes a curated selection of material, including local history, music, literature, and politics of the time the Library will make available each week. Participate in virtual book discussions or invite the Library to facilitate a discussion at your own book club. Learn more on the Library’s website.

Affordable Housing

Home Match - Home Match has partnered with the City of Mill Valley on their "House Mill Valley" initiative that connects homeowners with people seeking affordable housing. Recently, they sent out a postcard to Mill Valley residents about the Home Match program and have received an influx of interest. Anyone interested in learning more can find information here. 

The Arts Commission

  • Continues to review a potential public art program featuring BIPOC artists as part of the rotating public art program at the Depot Café/Plaza, general public art, and ongoing projects.
  • Continues to collaborate with the creators of the “Perspectives: Past, Present, Future” on next steps for its display in the community.
  • Reviewing ways to increase BIPOC artists presence in Mill Valley, including creating new spots for First Tuesday art exhibits.

Recreation

  • Historical Signage - The Parks and Recreation Commission has been working with the Mill Valley Historical Society to create historical signage for several locations around the City. One of the new signs will highlight Miwok history in Mill Valley. This project is in progress with some details yet to be worked out. Stay tuned for more info on this project.
  • Athletic Field Annual Use Requests - Every year, the Parks and Recreation Commission processes a number of annual use requests for the Mill Valley Athletic Fields. This year, all of the use requests included a provision requiring the organization to work with Mill Valley Recreation and the Parks & Recreation Commission to promote DEI in local youth sport programs by developing or revisiting an organization DEI Statement and submitting information regarding their scholarship program to Recreation Staff mid-year 2021.

DEI Task Force Report and Recommendations 

Staff continues to conduct a high-level sort of the 30 recommendations related to the DEI Task Force's Report and Recommendations

Staff plans to bring the initial review and Work Plan to Council on February 18.

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