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COMMISSION ON DIVERSITY AWARENESS
MAY 18, 2021
VIRTUAL MEETING
             
1. Call to Order
  Chair Duke called the meeting to order at 1:33 PM.
             
2. Roll Call
NOTE: One or more Commission Members may be in attendance telephonically or by other technological means.
 
PRESENT: ABSENT:
Jean Toner Deborah Corey
DeAnn Wegwert, Vice-chair  
Marcela Pino  
Mounia Mnouer  
Mandy Gebler  
Dan Duke, Chair  
             
3. Public Comment

The Commission cannot act upon items presented during the Public Participation portion of the Agenda. Individual Commission members may ask questions of the public but are prohibited by the Open Meeting Law from discussion or considering the item among themselves until the item is officially placed on the Agenda. Each public comment or presentation will be limited to five (5) minutes.
  None
             
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
             
A. Consideration and Approval of Minutes: Commission on Diversity Awareness Meeting of April 20, 2021.
Approve the minutes of the Commission on Diversity Awareness Meeting of April 20, 2021. 
  Sanctuary Cities update: Commissioner Toner provided an amendment to the April minutes. The Sheriff was not invited to a Commission meeting but intend to invite to a future meeting. Chair Duke motioned for the April 20, 2021 minutes to be approved. Commissioner Toner second motion. The motion passed unanimously. 
             
5. DATE OF NEXT MEETING - June 15, 2021 at 1:30 pm
             
6. ACTION ITEMS
             
A. Review and Approve: Proclamation for Pride Month
Review draft proclamation from the Work Group and approve the language as is or with edits to recommend the proclamation to the Mayor's office. 
  The commission made some updates and edits to the order of the wording and the verbiage of
the proclamation. Chair Duke motioned and Commissioner Mnouer seconded to approve the proclamation with edits and forward to Mayor Deasy's office. The motion passed unanimously. Commission Mnouer noted that the Asian American and Pacific Islander Month Proclamation was not read. Staff Liaison to follow up with the Mayor's Office and it was recommended by Mayor Deasy to copy him on all Proclamations to ensure he receives them.  
             
7. REPORTS/DISCUSSION ITEMS
             
A. New Commissioner updates
Thank You Deborah Corey and Dr. Mnouia Mnouer for their service on the Commission on Diversity Awareness.  Two new Commissioners will begin in June to replace the two outgoing members. 
  Commissioner thanked the outgoing Commission members for their service to the Commission. 
             
B. Commission Partnerships
             
1. Beautification and Public Arts Commission
 
  1. Michael Cruz talked about how the Beautification and Public Arts Commission wants to collaborate with other groups in town to share information and potentially partner.
  2. BPAC discussed other commissions and how they could work together. BPAC Commissioner Cruz will be the point of contact for CODA. 
             
2. Commission Partnerships 
Discuss upcoming Diversity meetings and assign CODA Commissioner Member if applicable 
 
  1. Commissioner Pino recommended  the Indigenous Commission as a potential partnership. 
  2. Commissioners requested the Liaison bring the list of other City Commissions to the Retreat and assign members to attend various meetings
             
3. NAU Diversity Commission Report
Review and discuss any reports or updates from Dr. Gabe Montano or Commissioner Pino.  
  Commissioner Pino provided an update. DEI is a focus for the new incoming President.
             
C. Flagstaff High School Students Advocate for Renaming the Peaks
Listen to the presentation from the Flagstaff High School Native American Club and discuss. 
 
  1. Native American Club introduced themselves and provided the presentation.
  2. Commission asked how they can support the Students in their goal to change the name of the peaks.
  3. Vice Chair Wegwert motioned this item stay on the agenda. The motion passed unanimously.
  4. Reminded recordings are posted online within 3 days of the meeting. Liaison to send the recording link to the Commission once it is posted.
  5. Vice Chair requested the liaison send the recording of this meeting to the two new members once appointed.
             
D. Planning a Retreat/Strategic Plan for Commission, Action Plan and Priorities for Commission
Update from the Staff Liaison 
  Staff Liaison sent out a survey for potential dates/times for the Retreat. Liaison will send the survey to the new members. 
          If possible, the Commission would prefer in person with virtual option for the retreat. 
        
 
             
E. Proclamations Work Group Update 
Discuss any upcoming Proclamations for the Work Group to focus on. 
  October – Spanish Heritage Month
             
F. Sanctuary Cities
  Ongoing agenda item
No formal invitations out
 
             
8. AGENDA FOR FUTURE MEETING(S)
             
A. Chair and Vice-Chair Appointments - Nominations and voting of Chair and Vice-Chair – July agenda
             
9. ADJOURNMENT
  Chair Duke adjourned the meeting at 3:17 PM.

    

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