The City of Redlands recognizes the importance of community
engagement with Redlands’ stakeholders to ensure the City’s
initiatives are properly communicated to them. Moreover, the City
recognizes the importance stakeholders play in the development of
these initiatives to ensure the City’s vision not only aligns
with the vision of the community, but also where diversity,
equity and inclusion are key considerations in the development of
truly impactful initiatives. It is only through this
collaboration that stakeholders can ensure the City is not only
hearing the needs and wants of the community, but also that the
City is implementing policies that promote the Redlands where its
residents desire to live and work and are treated as equals.
Human Relations Commission
The Human Relations Commission was established to foster peaceful
relations among persons of different races and national
origins. This commission serves in an advisory capacity to
the City Council and to aid the City in achieving better human
relations by providing assistance to all persons or groups in
promoting good will and better relations among all people.
The Human Relations Commission meets on the second Monday of
odd-numbered months at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers
On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, City management staff participated
in the first in a series of quarterly Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion trainings facilitated by Dr. Shindale Seale from Seade
Coaching and Consulting.
The two-hour DEI 101 session explored the numerous accounts of
exclusion throughout history and how these acts have impacted us
today. This was followed by the second training of the
series on September 28, 2022, Unconscious Bias and the third
training January 25, 2023, on Understanding and Mitigating
The fourth and final session took place on April 19, 2023
(Creating Psychological Safety).
City Council Policies
The City Council has adopted proclamations and resolutions in
support of diversity, equality, and inclusion in Redlands.
On June 20, 2023, City Council signed a
proclamation recognizing June 19, 2023, as Juneteenth and
encourages all residents to reflect on and honor the significant
contributions that Black Americans have made to our nation, and
in addition encourages its residents to share their unique story
On June 6, 2023, City Council signed a proclamation declaring the
month of June 2023 as Pride Month in recognition of the
Anniversary of Stonewall Uprising and the contributions made by
members of the LGBTQ+ community to actively promote the
principles of equality and liberty.
On May 2, 2023 City Council signed a proclamation
declaring May 2023 as Asian American Pacific Islander
Heritage Month in the City of Redlands and encourages
residents, businesses, and institutions to learn more about Asian
American and Pacific Islander heritage, and work to combat racism
and xenophobia as we celebrate this month.
On March 21, 2023 City Council signed a proclamation declaring
March 31, 2023 as Cesar E. Chavez Day in the City of Redlands
and encourages all residents to promote service to the
community in honor of Cesar E. Chavez’s life and work.
On March 7th, 2023 City Council signed a proclamation declaring
the month of March 2023 as Women’s History Month
and encourages its residents to learn more about the rich
and diverse history of women through available programs, reading,
ceremonies, and educational activities.
On February 7, 2023 City Council signed a proclamation
declaring the month of February 2023 as Black History Month,
and encourages its residents to fight racism, intolerance and
prejudice through education, kindness, compassion, and
On February 7, 2023, City Council signed a proclamation,
proclaiming February 18, 2023 as the celebration of of
Mahaparamashivaratri as a gesture of support for those persons in
our community who observe and celebrate this occasion.
On November 15, 2022, City Council signed a Proclamation
proclaiming November 20, 2022, as “National Transgender Day of
Remembrance.” Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual
event which began in 1998. The city of Redlands honors the
bravery and resilience of all transgender individuals who live,
work or play in our city.
Condemning Violence against Asian Americans and
When COVID-19 began, inflammatory rhetoric blaming Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for the pandemic led to a
national surge in hate crimes and incidents against this
community. On April 6, 2021, the City Council took a stand
against these acts by adopting
a Proclamation Condemning Violence against Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders.
On March 15, 2022, City Council approved Resolution No. 8315
adopting the six-year Redlands Strategic Plan for FY 22-23
through FY 27-28. The plan identified Equity and Inclusion
as a priority. The measurable outcomes listed were as
Develop and implement a Communications Plan by December 31,
Method established to measure effectiveness of City’s
communication methodology to provide baseline for improvement in
100% of City staff receive initial DEI training by December
Comprehensive employee training plan developed.
Establish baseline metrics for current staffing demographics
in comparison to community.
Identify gaps or areas of focus for future recruiting, hiring
On July 21, 2020 City Council adopted Resolution No.
8113Affirming that Racism is a
Public Health Crisis. The issue of racism as a public
health crisis came to the forefront following the global response
to the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and
the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community and discussions
with local community advocates.
The resolution states that racism results in disparities in
family stability, health and mental wellness, education,
employment, economic development, public safety, criminal
justice, and housing.