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Hamilton Commission Seeks to Break Down Barriers to Diversity

By: Jeff Gambrell

HAMILTON – The City of Hamilton’s Diversity and Inclusion Commission is seeking community members to support its newest initiative, the Diversity Lens Task Force. This task force was recently formed with the purpose of developing and distributing a Hamilton Diversity Lens, similar to the Equity & Inclusion Lens developed by Ottawa City in Ontario, Canada, by October 2018.

“The Hamilton Diversity Lens will be the City of Hamilton’s tool to build knowledge and awareness around the minority and underrepresented identities who are at risk of exclusion in our community”, says Boyce Swift, the City’s Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator and Chairperson for the Diversity Lens Task Force. “This resource will also provide practical tools to those organizations who wish to increase their own diversity and level of inclusion”.

For the initial project, the Diversity Lens Task Force plans to narrow in on four main minority populations: African Americans, Hispanics, Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, and Women. Next month, the task force plans to host a series of Diversity Cafes to assist with developing content for the Diversity Lens. “Diversity Cafes will be the task force’s way of receiving direct community input to build out the snapshots that will accompany the Hamilton Diversity Lens document”.

Residents interested in assisting with this initiative are encouraged to contact Boyce Swift at diversityinclusion@hamilton-oh.gov (indicate “Hamilton Diversity Lens” in the subject line).

Story and image submitted by Jeff Gambrell.