Diversity Advisory Committee
The City of Marysville recognizes the important value diversity has in our community. To us there are many facets of a diverse society which include, but are not limited to, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic level, mental and physical differences, age and sexual orientation.
Established in November 2010, the Mayor’s Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) works to identify issues, prioritize support, and ensure that the diverse character of the community is represented in decision-making processes with regards to diversity and inclusion. Committee members should reflect the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the Marysville-Tulalip area.
The mission of the Diversity Advisory Committee is to:
- Advise the City on diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and policies that improve outcomes for marginalized communities;
- Assist the City in strengthening the relationship with diverse community groups, including historically underrepresented communities and marginalized populations;
- Lead the community in thought-provoking discussions that support cultural understanding, mutual respect and inclusivity, and further the enhancement of our community as one where cultural and physical diversity is celebrated as an important asset
The duties of the committee members shall include, but are not limited to:
- Advising the Mayor on outreach strategies to engage Marysville’s underrepresented communities;
- Working with residents, staff, and elected officials to help develop the DAC’s annual work plan with goals and actions that embraces the City’s goal to build a welcoming and friendly community where all can thrive;
- Serving as an ambassador for the DAC and promoting the committee’s work to the constituents a member is representing, which includes collecting feedback that can be shared with the committee;
- Attending at least six DAC monthly meetings throughout a member’s appointment year.
The Diversity Advisory Committee shall consist of 13 members. Members shall serve two-year terms. The term begins on the first day of the month the member is appointed. There shall be no limit on the number of terms a member can serve.
Anyone interested in serving on the committee will be required to complete an application, and go through a screening process. Finalist may be required to participate in an interview. As much as possible the members of the committee shall be varied in experience and be representative of the city as a whole. We are actively seeking individuals who are connected to the following types of organizations:
- Education (K12/higher ed)
- Arts and culture
- Community-serving nonprofits
- Local businesses
- Faith-based organizations
In addition to the listed professional backgrounds, a diversity of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical and mental differences, national origin, English language proficiency, age, neighborhood residency, and experience with civic leadership or profession is desired among members.