Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program - Strength in Difference

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The City of Modesto is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.  

  1. Diversity

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The unique traits that individuals possess. It can be understood in two general ways: Inherent diversity, for example: race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability and acquired diversity, for example: diversity of thought, cross-cultural communication, language, or social skills.

  1. Equity

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Equity is an approach that ensures everyone has access to the same opportunities. Equity recognizes that we don’t all start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist. It’s a process that acknowledges uneven starting places and seeks to correct the imbalance.

  1. Inclusion

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A state in which all employees feel a sense of belonging, valued for their differences, and empowered to participate and contribute freely.

Guiding Principles

  • We believe in an inclusive work environment where employees and the public are welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.
  • We believe that diversity brings strength.
  • We believe in equality of opportunity free from discrimination.
  • We believe that employees should be provided a safe work environment.
  • We believe in hiring and promoting the most qualified candidate.
  • We believe in employee development at all levels of the City of Modesto.
  • We believe in the power of belonging as an integral component in achieving diversity and inclusion.