The City of London is looking for volunteers to help implement the Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (CDIS). Community champions are needed to sit on the five working groups established around the priorities identified in CDIS:
- Take concrete steps towards healing and reconciliation
- Have zero tolerance for oppression, discrimination and ignorance
- Connect and engage Londoners
- Remove accessibility barriers to services, information and spaces
- Remove barriers to employment
Applications to sit on these working groups are now being accepted. As part of the application, volunteers are asked indicate why they are interested in being part of the CDIS implementation process, identify experience and relevant skills, as well as which working group they are interested in being part of.
“Diversity and inclusion are among the top priorities for Londoners and the City,” says Rosanna Wilcox, Community and Economic Innovation. “We are committed to mandating equity and exemplifying our vision of London as a diverse and inclusive community.”
In order to develop the CDIS, in November 2016, the City of London issued a call for volunteer ‘Diversity and Inclusion Champions.’ 200 Londoners, reflecting a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, stepped forward to be part of this process.
The CDIS is a community strategy that outlines 5 priorities and 47 recommendations, both short and long term, and reflects a collective effort and interest in building a more inclusive city. An important next step in implementing the plan is to establish an implementation body. The CDIS implementation body will guide the work, oversee implementation plans and ensure ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the work.
Applications are accepted online until March 25, 2019 at getinvolved.london.ca/CDIS.