Community invited to participate in Geneva’s DEI focus groups

Information from the focus groups will be used for an inclusive action plan for the city.

GENEVA – Geneva is inviting residents to participate in the city’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) task force.

In a press release, the city said the task force is moving to small group interviews as their next steps in community engagement and gathering information. It has reached out to residents and organizations but slots are open to the general public.

The focus groups, which will be run by the task force’s facilitator, are limited to six participants who will answer questions; share their perspectives about Geneva’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; and provide suggestions for improvement. The public can register for any of the following dates:

In-Person at the Geneva Public Library, 227 S. Seventh St:

  • 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29; and
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7

Virtual Sessions

  • Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30;
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31; and
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6

Focus areas include ADA accessibility, City practices, community partnerships, community policing, economic empowerment, gender/sexual orientation, healthcare, housing, language access, public engagement, race & ethnicity, senior citizens, and youth.

The task force will present an action plan to the city council based on surveys, interviews and focus groups later in 2023.

More information about the DEI Task Force is available on Geneva’s official website.

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