The National League of Cities (NLC) has presented a first place award in the 2016 NLC City Cultural Diversity Awards to the City of Dubuque for the City’s support of Inclusive Dubuque and its efforts to develop a community equity profile.
The awards are given to honor community leadership in developing creative and effective programs to improve cultural diversity. Award recipients were recognized during the Celebrate Diversity Breakfast held in March, during NLC’s Congressional City Conference in Washington, DC. Dubuque received the first-place award in the 25,001 – 100,000 population category.
Inclusive Dubuque is a local network of over 60 organizations and individuals from faith, labor, education, business, non-profit, and government dedicated to advancing equity and inclusion in Dubuque. The network officially launched in October 2013, meets for peer learning monthly, identifies and supports opportunities for action, and in 2015 hosted a series of community dialogue sessions and collected surveys and a variety of community data. The process culminated in the release of a community equity profile.
Last year, Inclusive Dubuque asked community members to help create an equity profile of the Dubuque community focused on seven different focus areas. The goal was to learn about the experiences of diverse groups and to discover what disparities may exist. (Diverse groups can be defined by race, age/generation, culture, disability, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status and other characteristics). On a monthly basis between February and August 2015, the equity profile process brought people together to share their stories and thoughts through in-person discussions and online surveys on each focus area. Ultimately, 584 community members attended 60 community dialogue sessions, and 1,995 community members completed online surveys. In addition, 24 community members were trained as facilitators. Inclusive Dubuque also gathered local data from sources such as the 2010 U.S. Census and government agencies. The process served a purpose beyond data collection, as it helped to catalyze a larger community conversation about cultural and equity issues in Dubuque.
Results of the equity profile are available at www.inclusivedubuque.org. Inclusive Dubuque has established working groups for each of the core focus areas who are tasked with reviewing the data and identifying key strategies and actions. If you are interested in joining a working group, or for more information, contact Inclusive Dubuque Coordinator Katrina Neely Farren-Eller at (563) 588-2700 or email@example.com.