Racial Equity and Inclusion

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The Department of Public Works is fully committed to the initiative put forth by Mayor Tom Barrett in Advancing and Achieving Racial Equity and Inclusion. Racial disparities exist in virtually every key indicator of child, family, economic and community well-being. It is critical for the City of Milwaukee government to achieve racial equity within City government itself and in the communities we serve.

Therefore, DPW recognizes our responsibility to work to eliminate racial disparities in the essential services we provide, the environment we demonstrate and expect in the workplace and in the partnerships we foster in the City of Milwaukee. DPW aims to demonstrate and foster a culture of inclusion, equity and social justice for our employees. And in working with the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, DPW employees will be receiving the resources and tools needed to effectively manage conversations about racism and equity.
 

Racial Equity Questionnaire 

The Mayor shared the Administration’s Policy Statement on Advancing and Achieving Racial Equity and Inclusion in 2020.  In short, we all have a responsibility to recognize and work to eliminate racial disparities in the essential services we provide, the environment we demonstrate and expect in the workplace and in the partnerships we foster in the City of Milwaukee.

As employees in the Department of Public Works, it is our responsibility to demonstrate and foster a culture of inclusion, equity and social justice for our coworkers and ourselves.  We will provide you with the resources and tools needed to effectively manage conversations about racism and equity.

In order to understand and meet you where you are currently, we have developed a voluntary, confidential survey for you to complete.  Your responses to this survey will provide valuable information that will help inform decisions supporting the direction we take in advancing racial equity in our workplace and in the community we serve.  We will provide various learning opportunities in the coming months for the foreseeable future.  Additionally, the Office of Equity and Inclusion will provide support and guidance in collaboration with all city departments.

Your completion of this confidential questionnaire will provide information that will be helpful in advancing racial equity in the City of Milwaukee’s workplace and within the community we serve.   

Click here to complete the confidential questionnaire.

 

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