The City of Webster Groves is committed to meeting the needs of the community. Part of this includes ensuring that everyone in our community feels included and is treated equitably. We strive to promote these ideals in how we interact with and serve the community. With this commitment, we also recognize that diversity, equity, and inclusion require constant focus and attention.
We are seeking information from the community as to your perception of the City of Webster Groves strengths, areas for development, opportunities, and potential barriers in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. We've partnered with Hicks-Carter-Hicks, an award-winning consulting firm based out of St. Louis, to create this survey and help us collect information related to diversity, equity, and inclusion both within the community and for those the City employs. This survey is designed to give members of the community a chance to share their perspective on these important issues.
It is important to emphasize that this process is a journey. Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion requires continuous assessment and vigilance. To ensure continued success, we seek to take a holistic approach to this work to produce long-term positive impact. Doing so will require participation from the community and commitment from our employees. We are committed to a creating a community where everyone – citizens and employees of the City – feels valued and included, equity is promoted, and that what we do meets the needs of our diverse community.
What do we mean when we refer to diversity, equity, and inclusion?
Diversity refers to the variety of similarities and differences among people. These include demographic characteristics, such as ethnicity, race, sex, gender, age, etc., but also includes characteristics such as an individual’s culture, religion, socio-economic status, language, or other similarities and differences found in people.
Equity refers to ensuring that barriers are removed so that places, resources, and opportunities are accessible to all people within the community.
Inclusion refers to the feeling of belonging and all people being included. Inclusion ensures equitable access to resources and opportunities for all members of the community. It also enables individuals and groups to feel safe, respected, heard, engaged, motivated, and valued for who they are.
We want you to know that the information you provide in this survey will be anonymous, and the comments of all participants will be combined to protect your confidentiality. Additionally, any potentially identifying information you provide will not be included in the report. We appreciate your honesty and openness in your responses. This survey should take around 15-20 minutes to complete.
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you feel uncomfortable answering any questions, you can withdraw from the survey at any point. If you have questions at any time about the survey or the procedures, you may contact Hicks-Carter-Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you very much for your time and support. Please start with the survey now by clicking on the 'Start' button below.