Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Opens in new windowNewly released census data (PDF) showed that the demographics in New Brighton have changed and will continue to do so into the future. As an organization, this requires us to review our practices, policies, and procedures to ensure we are serving all of our residents, businesses, and visitors in the most effective manner possible.

View meetings and meeting materials of our newly formed Equity Commission, which is advising the City Council on this work.

Background

The creation and implementation of the Equity Strategic Action Plan continues the work begun by the New Brighton Inclusive Community Task Force (PDF). This group of appointed citizens met regularly in 2018 to discuss how the City of New Brighton can be more inclusive and welcoming to all people. Recommendations from the Task Force (PDF) were presented to the City Council and adopted in 2019. While some of the Task Force's recommendations were enacted, our organization has learned there are no quick and easy solutions. We need to build capacity in order to effectively address issues of equity in our community.

The Inclusive Community Task Force also did not provide recommendations directly related to racial equity. The Equity Strategic Action Plan builds off the work started by the Task Force and more comprehensively addresses issues and recommendations that were first identified by the Task Force. Our organization has also learned that the demographic fabric of New Brighton has changed. This makes the creation, execution, and follow-up of the plan even more important and urgent.

According to U.S. Census data (PDF), Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC) residents make up 31.2% of New Brighton's population compared to 19.9% in 2010. Specific populations of residents have seen increases in population numbers over the same time period: the population of people in New Brighton that identify as Black or African American has increased by 98% from 2010, Hispanic or Latino resident numbers has increased by 65%, and residents identifying as having more than one race increased by 133%. Almost half (46.5%) of all residents under age 18 in New Brighton are BIPOC residents. This compares to 26.8% for BIPOC residents aged 18 and up. This highlights how our future population in New Brighton will continue to become increasingly diverse. The past and anticipated change in our overall demographics require us as an organization to review our practices, policies, and procedures to ensure our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals can be fully met.

At a societal level, we have seen how important it is for municipalities to intentionally address issues of equity, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide issues related to policing. Our Public Safety Department has been proactive in accomplishing its mission: "The New Brighton Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the community, is dedicated to protect, serve and educate. We value and promote respect for human dignity by ensuring a common goal of a safe community." We encourage all those interested to visit our Listen webpage, which was set up to provide transparency in our policing services and data. While we have not experienced significant problems related to policing, we recognize the need to be constantly improving and building trust in the communities we serve. This holds true for all of our municipal departments and the entirety of our organization.

Juneteenth

City of New Brighton Declares June 19, 2022 Juneteenth Day!

The New Brighton City Council voted on Tuesday, June 14 to declare June 19, 2022 Juneteenth in the City of New Brighton. This proclamation (PDF) encourages our residents to reflect, learn, understand, participate and celebrate in community-based events to celebrate Juneteenth and its meaning in our region.

Juneteenth is a celebration of the day when African American slaves in Galveston, Texas learned of their freedom granted by the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued over two years prior. This day in American history is federally recognized as Juneteenth National Independence Day. This Sunday, June 19th, commemorates the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day! If you would like to learn more about the history of Juneteenth please visit Juneteenth.com.

If you are looking for ways to celebrate Juneteenth with your friends or family, we encourage you to visit this list of local community celebrations.

  1. Our Equity Statement

We are committed to making New Brighton the preferred place to live, work and play for everyone. As an organization, The City of New Brighton understands that inequities exist in our community based on factors such as race, ethnicity, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other differences. We know that the government has played a role in these systemic inequities. To succeed in our city's mission and vision, live up to our values and accomplish our goals, we commit to addressing these inequities through access, opportunity, and quality services so that outcomes do not vary based on the differences above. We commit to the following as we strive for equity:

  • We welcome and value people of all characteristics, backgrounds, and experiences.
  • We will cultivate and maintain a workforce which reflects the community and our commitment to diversity.
  • We will create a community in which all people are connected to each other with a sense of shared purpose of achieving the city's mission, vision, and values.
  • We will evaluate decisions with equity in mind.
  1. Our Commitments
  1. Principles
  1. Definitions
  1. Equity Statement Adoption Process
  1. Resource Documents