Mayor's Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - PRIVATE Group for members

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Welcome to the private group site for all members of The Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This platform will be used throughout the course of the task force as a collaboration tool.

All documents related to the task force meetings will be posted here, and this can also be a place where group discussions can happen around specific topics or questions, and we can do things like group polls or surveys, story sharing, and other helpful collaborative activities. This platform will also serve as a method of keeping up with what is happening at the meetings for those unable to attend, and will provide opportunity for input on discussion topics between meetings.

Welcome to the private group site for all members of The Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This platform will be used throughout the course of the task force as a collaboration tool.

All documents related to the task force meetings will be posted here, and this can also be a place where group discussions can happen around specific topics or questions, and we can do things like group polls or surveys, story sharing, and other helpful collaborative activities. This platform will also serve as a method of keeping up with what is happening at the meetings for those unable to attend, and will provide opportunity for input on discussion topics between meetings.

  • City of Kitchener is looking for volunteers to join citizen committees and boards

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    The City of Kitchener is looking for a diverse range of volunteers, particularly from those who are traditionally under-represented to lend their unique voices and perspectives to help guide the City’s decision-making by joining various committees and boards. Citizens serving on an advisory committee provide advice and feedback to City Council and standing committees on a variety of areas, including arts and culture, cycling and trails, downtown, and the environment, and boards have the autonomy to make decisions for the good of their organizations.

    Volunteering to serve on a citizen board or committee is an excellent way for citizens to become more involved in government processes and to make a difference in the Kitchener community. Please share this volunteer opportunity with your networks, and any family, friends or individuals who like you, are interested in contributing to Kitchener’s future by helping to shape the City’s decision-making.

    Online applications are open and will be accepted until Sept. 27 at midnight.

    Information, as well as both online application forms are available on the City’s website at www.kitchener.ca/citizencommittees. Candidates requiring assistance with their application can contact Sarah Coutu at 519-741-2200 ext. 7592.

  • MARCH Task Force Meeting CANCELLED

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    16 Mar 2020

    Hello Task Force members,

    As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop both in our community and around the world, the health and wellbeing of local residents and city staff remains a top priority for the City of Kitchener. Given the recommendations for social distancing coming from Waterloo Region Public Health and the Government of Canada, it has been decided to cancel the upcoming Task Force meeting scheduled for March 17th. We will continue to monitor the situation over the next several weeks and will keep you updated about the April meeting at a later date.

    Though just because the meetings are cancelled, it doesn’t mean the work will cease. We are in the process of setting up methods of alternative engagement so that everyone will still have an opportunity to participate, provide feedback, and contribute. I will get back to you later this week with next steps for the virtual continuation of the Task Force.

    Please take good care of yourselves.

    Warmly,

    Elin


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  • MARCH 2020 Task Force Meeting

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    12 Mar 2020

    Hello Task Force members,

    The focus for the upcoming meeting on March 17th, 2020 is to discuss and verify ideas related to a draft community engagement plan to accompany the work of the task force over the next several months. Task Force members will have an opportunity to review four themes related to community engagement and provide input on each topic. Michael May will provide a brief presentation on the Task Force mandate and outline overarching themes identified in the community engagement plan at the beginning of the meeting. To view the full meeting agenda, click on the document library to the right of the screen.

    Facilitation format:

    · During this meeting there will be two rounds of facilitated table sessions focused on community engagement and members will be invited to select a topic area to get started. Members will also be invited move to freely circulate around the room during each of these sessions and visit as many of the eight tables as they choose, based on interest, experience and/or expertise.

    · One City of Kitchener staff member will be stationed at each of the eight tables, each one representing a priority topic for the community engagement strategy for the task force.

    · At each table, an outline of the topic will be provided by the facilitator and the group will work through a series of discussion points.

    Topic areas include:

    1. Crucial conversations – discuss ideas for people to provide input on specific issues in a public forum for the following topics: anti-indigenous racism, anti-black racism, islamophobia, transphobia and anti-Semitism.

    2. Community connections – identify opportunities for people to engage in discussion by going to where they are already spending time and may feel more comfortable sharing feedback.

    3. Community-led engagement – discuss opportunities for individuals and groups to take a leadership role in the work of the Task Force through a pilot program with financial support to assist with planning and leading community-led engagement projects.

    4. Other - discuss and brainstorm other opportunities for people to provide input to the Task Force.


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  • January 2020

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    17 Jan 2020

    Hello Task Force members, and Happy New Year!

    I hope everyone is excited about tackling this EDI work for the next several months, because this is the meeting where we will be assembling the working groups and getting started on working through all of the great ideas that have been generated through all of the discussions over the past three months.

    The notes from the December meeting and the agenda for the January meeting have been posted in the document library to the right of the screen.

    Looking forward to see you all next week!

  • Seeking Volunteers: Digital Kitchener Video Project

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    06 Jan 2020

    Hi fellow Task Force members!

    It's Sarah-Beth here. I'm in the IT department at the City of Kitchener. We're filming a short video to feature some of the work we've been doing over the past 2+ years under our Digital Kitchener strategy, which also serves as a follow-up from our original video.

    We're currently recruiting volunteers to be featured in the video in non-speaking roles. (The only dialog is a narrator.) I'd like to see the video reflect the true diversity of the City, so that people watching the video see themselves and see how the work we're doing connects with them. The shots we're filming will feature people using our Public Access Computers in a community centre, using technology while sitting in a public arena, participating in a meeting at our Digital Kitchener Innovation Lab, and a pair of parents pushing a stroller walking down the street. For the family shot, if you'd like your own child featured, let me know. Otherwise we may have a stroller with a cover to hide the fact that it's empty. (The magic of film staging!) Also for the family shot, if you have a partner or friend and want to be featured together, great! Please indicate that when you contact me. If not, we can pair you with another volunteer actor.

    Filming will take place in the next few weeks, based on the availability of our volunteer actors and the video crew, and should take less than an hour for each participant. We're working with a video production company who will contact any interested volunteer actors to coordinate timing and location. We can also subsidize parking or transit to and from the filming location as-needed.

    If you're interested in participating, please email me at sarahbeth.bianchi@kitchener.ca or leave a message with your name and contact information at 519-741-2200 ext. 7035 by this Wednesday, January 8th at 9pm.

    If it's not possible to participate, no problem! Thanks for considering it and for letting me know if you are interested and available.

    ~Sarah-Beth

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  • December Meeting

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    10 Dec 2019

    The strategy for this meeting is to have task force members start thinking about the specific working groups they would like to be a part of as this work develops and continues. The broad categories for the working groups have been created from the overall mandate for the task force along with the input generated by task force members in the brainstorming session at the October meeting.

    The setup for this meeting will be different from the previous two meetings.

    · During this meeting there will be two rounds of table sessions and members will be invited to freely circulate around the room during each of these sessions and visit as many of the eight tables as they choose, based on interest, experience and/or expertise.

    · One City of Kitchener staff member will be stationed at each of the eight tables, each one representing a priority topic for the task force.

    · At each table, an outline of the topic will be provided along with examples and best practices from the work of other cities/regions.

    · Participants will be invited to engage in discussion at any of the tables with the intention of generating more ideas, expanding on existing ideas, and thinking about some of the following questions:

    o What would we like to accomplish with this working group?

    o What are the objectives and goals for this topic?

    o What kind of community or staff engagement might be needed?

    o How can we best go about doing this work?

    o What is possible?

    · The graphic included in the attached agenda (in the "document library" to the right) provides a visual illustration of each of the working group topics for the meeting


  • November Meeting

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    12 Nov 2019

    Based on many of the great conversations and discussions had at the October meeting, here is what we have in mind for the next task force meeting on November 19th:

    1. We'll start the meeting with an interactive icebreaker activity 5:30 - 5:55 (25 minutes)

    2. Next, a presentation to the whole group will be done from 6:00 - 6:30 (30 minutes) covering the mandate of the task force, overview of key topics and activities, expected deliverables, and a draft "vision statement" for this task force generated from all of the ideas shared during the icebreaker at the last meeting. Two large-scale visuals will be posted on the wall to accompany this presentation, which will then be used for one of the discussion tables later in the evening.

    These two visuals include a Task Force Road Map, and an Idea Map generated from the open brainstorming session from the last meeting. To view or download these documents, please go to the "Document Library" on the right of the screen.

    3. Dinner Break 6:30 - 7:00 (30 minutes)

    4. Discussion Tables 7:00 - 8:30 (25 minute sessions) will be underway for the remainder of the meeting, focused on the following topics:

    • Community Inclusion/Community Engagement Methods - with a focus on guiding principals (with examples), and ideas for community engagement tactics or methods that can be used through the work of the task force.

    • Story Sharing Table - this table will be focused on providing opportunities to share stories and lived experiences, and to speak about why this work is important to you. We also have some ideas about how to keep this kind of story-sharing going within the task force, and outside of the task force.

    • Feedback session on the earlier presentation - in this session all task force members will have opportunities to provide feedback and make suggestions on the vision, direction, topics, activities and roadmap developed for the task force. The large-scale visuals are meant to be working documents to follow us through the work of the task force and can be written on, added to, and developed further with each task force meeting.
    I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or need assistance with any kind of accommodation to ensure your full participation in this project.


  • Welcome to our Task Force Collaboration Site

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    24 Oct 2019

    Hello Everyone, and welcome to the private group site for members of the Mayor's Task force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion!

    Now that you're signed up and ready to collaborate, here's a few things that you can do:

    1. Click on the "Introduce Yourself" Tab above, say hi and tell us a little bit more about yourself. You can upload a picture along with your introduction if you like.

    2. Scroll through the Q & A tab above to learn more about the task force - the questions posted here came up during the first task force meeting - hopefully the responses provided will help give you a broader understanding of the work we are setting out to do. Feel free to submit questions of your own!

    3. Complete the Quick Poll created so we can better understand the communication and collaboration preferences of everyone on the task force.

    4. To view all of the documents that have been uploaded to this platform, check out the "Document Library" to the right of the screen. This is where meeting agendas, notes, reports, background documents, and anything else relevant to the task force will be shared.

    5. Check out the Important Links section on the right of the screen where you can view and download Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategies created for other cities, municipalities and regions, along with some further reading on equity and inclusion assessments and frameworks.


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