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Savannah city council discusses DEI plans for the city

City council discusses DEI plans for the city (Credit: Anna Hughes/WTGS).{ }
City council discusses DEI plans for the city (Credit: Anna Hughes/WTGS).
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Savannah City Council focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion Thursday at their workshop with a presentation from DEI Officer Takeshia Brown, who gave updates on the city’s plan.

Brown’s plan for the city includes both internal and external outreach to ensure that these three pillars are met throughout Savannah.

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Brown emphasized the difference between the three, saying diversity is “who we are” and inclusion is “what we do,” or the level that which people feel like they can be their diverse selves. Equity is one step further.

“Equity is how we do what we do. Right? So, how do we get to the point where we create opportunities and spaces for people to be themselves in the spaces? How do we create pathways through policy and access so that the diversity and inclusion in our organization is at the forefront of how we make decisions? It’s at the forefront of what people experience when they’re interacting with the city of Savannah," Brown said.

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Brown presented the demographics for the city versus city employees, breaking it down by race, gender, and age. You can check out the detailed breakdown and the rest of her presentation here.

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