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Posted on: January 27, 2021

First Meeting of Manhattan’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force Will be Held Virtually

Diverse City logo for diversity in Manhattan

(MANHATTAN, KANSAS – January 27, 2021) The inaugural meeting of the Manhattan Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force will be held on Thursday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m.  Due to precautions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be held via video conference with the Co-Chairs and the 23 members of the Task Force participating remotely.  

The DEI Task Force was created by the Manhattan City Commission on December 15, 2020. The primary mission of the Task Force is to “provide recommendations which can be used by the community to create a more inclusive and welcoming community that includes cultural, racial, socio-economic and ethnic diversity in the future growth of Manhattan.”  

The Task Force will focus its discussion on five areas:

  1. Individual and Family Support 
  2. Economic Opportunity 
  3. Livability 
  4. Public Safety
  5. Health & Wellness

The agenda for the first meeting will include an overview of the Task Force creation and charge by City Commissioner Usha Reddi, introduction of the two co-chairs and 23 members of the task force, plus an introductory overview of the definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion and how the Task Force will approach the charge.   

Live public comment during the meeting will not be permitted. The Manhattan Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force Meeting will be televised live on local Cox Cable Channel 3, on the City’s website at http://cityofmhk.com/tv, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Cityofmanhattan. A recording will be made available on the City’s website after the meeting.

The DEI Task Force will be different from existing City Advisory Boards in that it will only convene for up to one year and will be tasked to make recommendations which will be directed to the community at large.   

The mission of the City of Manhattan is to sustain order and protect public safety, promote public health, preserve the built environment, and enhance economic vitality. The city supports a regional community in which individuals and families develop and thrive. More information about the City of Manhattan is available online at www.cityofmhk.com, on Facebook at /Cityofmanhattan and on Twitter @cityofmhk.

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