NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – This week, New Hanover County Government established an Office of Diversity and Equity, with a mission to promote an inclusive and fair work environment and build a culture and community where employees and residents are respected, valued and understood for their own identity.
“The county is making real and resourced commitments to affect change, both inside and outside our organization,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “This new office and its staff will work daily to promote racial and social justice, cultivate important relationships, have crucial conversations, be a resource for our community, enhance training for our employees and law enforcement, and so much more. The county is committed to be an ally and an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do.”
The county’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy establishes this new office and outlines the county’s goal to serve as a catalyst for change among underrepresented groups and ensure access, equity and inclusion in New Hanover County’s services, policies, and procedures.
“I appreciate our staff who have listened to the community, calling for much-needed change,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “I truly believe we must work together to achieve racial justice, equity, and positive change, and challenge ourselves to have honest and open discussions about racism. I think this office will help us in that effort, and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together as a community.”
The Board of Commissioners has established the expectation of equity in the county’s actions and policy recommendations, and has created a mission and vision for the county that ensures stewardship and diversity for generations to come. This new office will help further that commitment and reinforce that New Hanover County Government supports and values diversity, inclusion, fairness, and respect.
The Office of Diversity and Equity is being created using existing resources, both in office space and positions, and a Chief Diversity and Equity Officer will be hired over the coming weeks to lead the department. This new leadership position was posted today and can be viewed here.