Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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

DEI Training

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 Microaggressions.

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 by visiting:  https://www.akspl.org/news-events/redlands-community-history-initiative/.

Juneteenth 2023 Proclamation

LGBTQ+ Pride Month

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.

LGBTQ+Pride Month Proclamation 2023

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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.

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Cesar Chavez Day

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.

Cesar Chavez Proclamation

Women’s History Month

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.

Women's History Month

Black History Month 2023

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 understanding.

Black History Month 2023

Mahaparamashivaratri 2023

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.

Mahaparamashivaratri 2023

National Transgender Day of Remembrance

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. 

National Transgender Day of Remembrance

Hispanic Heritage Month

On October 15, 2022, City Council signed a Proclamation proclaiming the period of September 15 through October 15, 2022, as Hispanic Heritage Month in the City of Redlands.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Condemning Violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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.

Proclamation Condemning Violence Against Asian Americans


City of Redlands Strategic Plan

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 follows:

  • Develop and implement a Communications Plan by December 31, 2022.
  • Method established to measure effectiveness of City’s communication methodology to provide baseline for improvement in future years.
  • 100% of City staff receive initial DEI training by December 31, 2023.
  • 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 and training.
  • Develop plan to address the identified gaps.
  • Increased diversity of City workforce.   

Resolution 8315

Affirming that Racism is a Public Health Crisis

On July 21, 2020 City Council adopted Resolution No. 8113  Affirming 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.

Resolution 8113