Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The City of San Mateo prides itself on being a vibrant, diverse community that is committed to equity and inclusivity, and stands firmly against all forms of racism, anti-immigrant sentiment, xenophobia and implicit bias. Respect, integrity, transparency and inclusivity are core values of our organization. We believe we are stronger as a community that is inclusive of all people, regardless of skin color, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
In the midst of an ongoing pandemic and economic recession, we are confronted with the legacy of the lack of progress we as a nation have made in addressing discrimination in our society and institutions. San Mateo does not need to accept this legacy as our own. We know collective action is needed to effect meaningful systematic change and create a more just system for all. Our organization is here for our community – here to listen and carefully reflect on actions we can collectively take to contribute to a better San Mateo for all.
San Mateo Together - 2020 Event Series
Join us as we unite San Mateo by reflecting on who we are as a community and how we can become more tolerant. We're partnering with the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, PCRC, on a three-part series of virtual community events Dec. 1-10, 2020. These
Following a tumultuous year and a divisive election, we want to create a space for our community to come together for dialogue, learning and healing. Space is limited, so register today to share your thoughts and hear from others in your community.
Details for each event are below. Spaces is limited and registration is required.
- Community Conversation - Dec. 1
- Implicit Bias Workshop - Dec. 3
- Cross-Cultural Communication - Dec. 10
Film & Dialogue: Exploring Identities & Addressing Bias
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Join an evening of deep dialogue and reflection regarding identities and social inequities. We want to hear your experiences and stories of hope. Our goal is to increase empathy and respect while denouncing all forms of hate in our community.
PCRC will facilitate an interactive virtual session where participants can engage with other members of their community in small group discussions. The event will include short films followed by breakout room discussions amongst participants and facilitators. Registration is required.
Implicit Bias Workshop
Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6-8:30 p.m.
A tailored and engaging training that focuses on defining and understanding implicit bias. Participants will learn about the influence of bias and how bias may affect daily interactions and decision making. Learn practical interpersonal approaches to minimize and begin exploring and addressing implicit bias. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.
Cross-Cultural Communication Workshop
Thursday, Dec. 10 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Register: Details are forthcoming.
City Actions to Support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
In November 2019, the City Council unanimously voted to join the United Against Hate movement and kicked off this commitment with a San Mateo-themed poster and photo contest. Community members can download the San Mateo United Against Hate poster to display in solidarity.
On April 20, 2020, the City Council adopted a resolution to denounce stigmatization, hateful racism and xenophobia. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Asian American and immigrant communities have feared being targets of xenophobia, anti-immigrant sentiments and racism. City officials have spoken in support of our community and denounce any harmful or discriminatory acts – especially during this global health crisis.
On July 20, 2020, the City Council adopted a resolution declaring that black lives matter, and reaffirming the City’s commitment to racial equality. This resolution was written in collaboration with numerous leaders from our faith, NAACP, nonprofit and law enforcement communities.
In response to civil unrest and community concerns following the death of George Floyd, the San Mateo Police Department began the Real Talk San Mateo series to discuss policing in San Mateo and established an accountability web page. The City Council also hosted two study sessions on policing, budgeting and use of force policies. You can watch these virtual sessions online.
In late 2020, the City established a new internal Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. The group will be tasked with incorporating DEI principals and best practices as it relates to hiring and recruiting for public sector careers, ensuring our services and programs are meeting the needs of everyone in our community, and strategizing ways to enhance economic opportunities in collaboration with our business partners.