City council proclaimed September 15 through October 15 Hispanic heritage month. The proclamation is in honor of the Hispanic community who “strengthen and diversify” the city, said Mayor Coral Evans on Tuesday.
The city’s commission on diversity awareness will also be holding a public forum seeking community input on September 20 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.
The city appointed the commission to advise the city on issues and methods related to promoting diversity. The Commission meets once per month with the purpose of fostering mutual understanding, tolerance, respect and awareness among all citizens within Flagstaff.
The commission also makes recommendations for the mayor and council on diversity related policies and acts as an information or referral group to assist individuals, organizations and employers to aid the community towards greater understanding and respect.
The purpose of the upcoming public forum is to allow individuals to speak on any issue relating to diversity awareness during the call to the public. However, because of Arizona’s open meeting laws, the commission will not discuss matters raised during the call to the public. Instead, the commission will listen and may place any matter on a future agenda for discussion.
If you are unable to attend the forum, submit feedback using the survey on the city’s website: www.flagstaff.az.gov/2783/Commission-on-Diversity-Awareness.