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Creating Diversity of Perspective

Diversity Defined: race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs

To thrive we need people who act, think, and look different. All leaders know innovation occurs when they include different perspectives. Diversity has proven, tangible value.

To move forward, together our community must accept that change is happening. When we embrace it, our community improves at a rapid pace. We all want the highest quality health care and education. That means embracing diversity across our community. To get people to say "Yes" to La Crosse, we all must listen and understand how to be more inclusive and to the needs.

I have experience working with the Diversity Council in La Crosse, with hiring departments of large employers, and have attended Waking up White conversations in the community. I look forward to the community book read. In the business community, there are few women and minority company owners engaged in key conversations, let alone citizens. (See list of Black-Owned businesses here >>) provided by BLACK. Under my leadership, the Chamber created women in leadership opportunities. I was the bridge between community dialog and employers wanting to take inclusion beyond hiring quotas. There is a desire. We must connect resources with people wanting to change. I bring that knowledge, desire, and relationships to the conversation.

Leadership begins at the top. 

As Mayor, I believe City Hall must lead by example. The City must partner with organizations that can identify opportunities, provide resources, and guide the community. It is essential to attracting and creating thought-provoking leaders in our community. Inclusion is essential to creating a more just society. It enhances La Crosse as a great place to work, live, and play.

Want to learn more about community members' experiences in La Crosse? Check out this Voice of Racial (In)Justice website here >>