In an effort to achieve its overall aspiration of making Ottawa County a place that is both welcoming and inclusive, the DEI Office strives to meet the five institutional goals outlined below. These principles are what guide all of our work and collaborative efforts as we develop, implement, and regularly monitor our strategic plans.
Create and carry out a strategic for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Partner with local cities and townships
Eliminate bias from county programming, processes, and decision-making
Support the work and strategic plan of the Cultural Intelligence Committee
Create a welcoming initiative to attract, retain, and support marginalized communities.
DEI Climate Assessment
As part of its ongoing work to deepen an organizational commitment to diverse, equitable, and inclusive, (DEI) work and service environments, Ottawa County has partnered with Inclusive Performance Strategies (IPS) to conduct a DEI Assessment. The purpose of a DEI assessment is to understand the current organizational capacity to meet standard best practices in DEI. This snapshot then provides the data needed to create practical recommendations.
Gateways for Growth
Ottawa County Gateways for Growth (G4G) is an initiative designed to enhance economic, civic, and social inclusion at the local level. Ottawa County G4G aims to help all residents, businesses, organizations and local governments in the region navigate the inevitable challenges and opportunities that arise with changing demographics. By coordinating efforts to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities, the impact of our work will result in a stronger, more inclusive Ottawa County.
Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)
What is GARE?
The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Across the country, governmental jurisdictions are:
- Making a commitment to achieving racial equity
- Focusing on the power and influence of their own institutions, and
- Working in partnership with others
When this occurs, significant leverage and expansion opportunities emerge, setting the stage for the achievement of racial equity in our communities.
What is a Learning Community of Practice?
A Learning Community of Practice (LCoP) is different from a work team. These groups are brought together by a common interest and a shared commitment to learning. This group is defined by obtaining knowledge and guidance, rather than by task, and exists because inclusion in this group brings value to each participating municipality.