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Public Invited to Discuss Diversity in Metro Government


Public participation encouraged via listening sessions or online survey

Nashville, TN. - In March 2015, the Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) will be holding public listening sessions to explore methods for increasing employee diversity within the Metropolitan Government and impediments job seekers may be facing. The DAC, appointed by the Mayor, is addressing the question of how the city government workforce can most effectively include and reflect the changing population of Nashville and Davidson County.

“I’m excited about the opportunity we have to hear ideas from the public on how we can create a workforce that is inclusive and reflects Nashville’s diverse culture,” said Brenda Wynn, Davidson County Clerk and Diversity Advisory Committee co-chair.

Meetings will be held:

Tuesday, March 10th – Hadley Regional Community Center
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Large meeting Room

Thursday, March 12th – Coleman Regional Community Center
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Large Meeting Room

Friday, March 13th – Howard Office Building
11:30am –1:00pm
Sonny West Conference Center

Spanish translation services and a sign language interpreter will be available at the meetings.

The Diversity Advisory Committee welcomes public participation in the listening sessions and invites individuals to share their experiences and suggestions on how to reach a wider candidate pool for Metro Government employment opportunities. The DAC also seeks information on perceived roadblocks to obtaining employment and to advancing within the Metropolitan Government system.

Scott Potter, co-chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee and Director of Metro Water Services, said, “Working together with the public, we have the opportunity to make recommendations that will enhance an already strong city government workforce. Nashville’s diverse cultures bring strengths, skills, and experiences that benefit our community. Our job on the committee is to find ways to attract, retain, and promote the best employees from all sectors of our city to serve in Metro Government positions. “

Input from the listening sessions will be used to develop a plan advancing the Metro Government goal of developing an inclusive workforce representative of the changing diversity of Nashville and Davidson County.

The Diversity Advisory Committee is the latest example of Metro Government’s commitment to diversity, including implementation of domestic partner benefits; an executive order reaffirming Metro Government's commitment to ensuring that Metro workplaces are welcoming and accessible to employees with disabilities; establishment of the Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance; hiring of a Veterans Service Officer; and the establishment of the Mayor's Office of New Americans.