Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Together, We Are San Mateo
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.
City Actions to Support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
San Mateo Together - United Against Hate Week
|Event Title||Date||Time||Registration or Location|
|Author Series: We Still Belong by Christine Day (Middle-school aged)||Monday, Nov. 6||9 AM and 1 PM||Online Registration via Zoom|
|Film Screening of Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee||Monday, Nov. 13||6 PM - 8 PM||Oak Room - San Mateo Main Library|
|Film Screening of Zoot Suit by Luis Valdex||Wednesday, Nov. 15||6 PM - 8 PM||Oak Room - San Mateo Main Library|
|Author Series: Don't Let it Get You Down by Savala Nolan (Adult)||Wednesday, Nov. 15||7 PM||Online Registration via Zoom|
|Author Series: Black Boy by Ali Kamanda (K-3rd grade)||Thursday, Nov 16||9 AM and 1 PM||Online Registration via Zoom|
City DEI Strategic Framework
On May 15, 2023, City Council approved our City’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Framework report, which illustrates our commitment to supporting a culture of belonging and provides staff with guidance on how to integrate DEI into City Operations. The framework is a step-by-step guide to implementing and evaluating equity in our City’s policies, programs, and projects to ensure we are approaching our work with an equitable lens. It addresses the ultimate questions of what are we doing, why are we doing it, and will our plans result in the intended outcomes.
In addition to the framework, the report also includes educational segments, such as a demographic analysis of the community and how we define diversity, equity, and inclusion, for both the community and staff to learn from. This framework is our first step in creating meaningful and long-lasting positive change!