Awareness. Integrity. Respect.
Enrichment through Diversity
Mission StatementPromoting a culturally diverse environment where all employees, residents, and visitors are valued and welcomed.
- To increase awareness of social injustice and its effects
- To improve fair and equal treatment for all
- To enhance county’s reputation as welcoming to all
- To equip and empower people to resolve social justice issues
In 2011 after evaluating the areas of strengths and needed growth, the Four C’s Initiative (Customer Service, Communication, Creativity and Culture) was born. By establishing common goals and procedures, inclusive to all County entities, employees obtain additional tools to use when expediting County services to the community.
Cultural Intelligence Committee
In 2011, after evaluating the areas of strengths and needed growth, the Four C's Initiative (Customer Service, Communication, Creativity and Culture) was born. By establishing common goals and procedures which are inclusive to all Ottawa County entities, employees obtain additional tools to use when expediting County services to the community.
In May of 2013 the Human Resources Department provided all Ottawa County employees the opportunity to apply for consideration to become part of a Cultural Change Team (now known as the Cultural Intelligence Committee or CIC). This committee was formed to work towards providing cultural change input and direction, and promote communications with stakeholders along with internal departments. Another directive for this team is to focus on completing research and recommending cultural change best practices and initiatives.
The Cultural Intelligence Committee is comprised of the following members:
- Sarah Allen – Human Resources
- Connie Barker – Clerk/Register of Deeds
- Albert Doorn – Community Mental Health
- Vern Helder – 58th District Court
- Judy Kettring – Public Health
- David Macias – 20th Circuit Court
- Natalie Martinez – 58th District Court/Probation & Community Corrections
- Glorie Orozco – Public Health
- Theo Randall – Clerk/Register of Deeds
- Daniel Ruiz – Sheriff’s Department
- Cynthia Smeyers – Public Health
- Alan Vanderberg – County Administrator
- Chad Whitman – 58th District Court/Probation & Community Corrections
“Research shows a key factor in preventing us from achieving true equity is unintentional bias; unconscious attitudes and stereotypes that shape our understanding of ourselves and others.” - Cultural Intelligence Committee attending The Racial Equity Institute