Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announced the launch of a new program to promote inclusion and diversity in Salt Lake County government Wednesday.
“The goal of the mayor’s inclusion campaign is simple and straightforward: Everyone who walks through our doors at Salt Lake County or interacts with any part of Salt Lake County government is welcome and respected here,” McAdams said.
“We want them to know that we will serve anybody. We value them as an individual and our doors are open to them.”
All county employees will be required to attend a diversity training that is being presented by the Mayor’s County Office of Diversity Affairs. In addition, the diversity training will be available free of charge to organization outside of Salt Lake County government.
McAdams’ goal is to have every employee trained by the end of the year. So far, all of the county-operated recreation centers, libraries, senior centers, and golf courses have completed the training requirements.
The county is also planning on placing signs at every county facility stating that the county celebrates “diversity in both spirit and action” through their inclusive non-discrimination policy.
According to Rebecca Sanchez, who serves as the Director of the County Office of Diversity Affairs, the campaign was inspired by the “Safe Zone Program” at the University of Utah.
“Diversity is one of our community’s greatest strengths,” said McAdams. “Tolerance and respect for one another’s differences allows us to learn from one another and grow together.”
“What we are trying not to do is not react to issues of discrimination, but let’s be proactive. Let’s recognize it’s something we can talk about. We can talk about our diversity in a way that helps to tear down walls and break down stereotypes, McAdams said.