County Board creates Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee County Board of Commissioners took the first step in creating a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Ad Hoc Committee to promote a culturally diverse environment for the county’s employees, residents and visitors.

The Committee, which was formed following board approval on Feb. 10, follows action taken late last year by the board in declaring racism a public health crisis in Genesee County. Commissioner Domonique Clemons (D-Flint) spearheaded the process to create the ad hoc committee.

Clemons, who is the Director of Diversity for the Michigan State House of Representatives Democratic Caucus, will bring his experience in emphasizing the importance of diversity at the State House to his work as a commissioner in Genesee County.

The committee will be co-chaired by Commissioner Charles Winfrey (D-Flint), who is an active community advocate and former equity officer for the City of Flint.

The Advisory Committee will include a broad cross section of the community, including members of the County Board of Commissioners, county employees, members of our community and a representative from the health care community. It will also address potential issues through education, research and advocacy, while working to be a community partner.

“We want to make sure that the services that this county offers are accessible to every resident of Genesee County and not only to those who have the resources to seek them out,” said Commissioner Clemons. “We will use this Committee to address hurtles that exist for residents that inhibit their ability to realize wealth accumulation, a quality education, safety, health and other measures.

“Input from commissioners, staff and the community is incredibly important so we can work toward an Inclusive, welcoming, and accepting community,” Clemons added. “I am excited to be able to join Commissioner Winfrey and make sure we focus long term and not just a temporary solution.”