Inclusive community engagement is an essential part of City of Decatur’s mission and vision. Through the city’s Better Together initiative, a framework of engaging the public- especially those that are often underrepresented- to collaborate and build across multiple issues, all with an eye toward equity was established.
Decatur’s Better Together Initiative is a community-wide visioning process designed to cultivate a more just, welcoming, inclusive, equitable and compassionate experience for everyone. The process resulted in the Better Together Community Action Plan for Inclusion, Equity and Engagement that outlines action items for individuals, organizations and local government to undertake and established the City’s role in creating a space for open, truthful conversations about equity and systematic challenges. The process also resulted in the creation of a Better Together Advisory Board to spearhead the implementation of the Action Plan.
In addition to the Better Together initiative, the City continues to move its racial equity work forward with the Employee Equity and Inclusion Team, which was created to lead Decatur in operationalizing the commitment to equity in all dimensions of our organization and achieving a collective vision of equity. And also through action items in the 2020 Strategic Plan that focuses on equity & racial justice.