Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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United Against Hate Week - 2021

The City of San Mateo is proud to again join United Against Hate Week, this year from Nov. 14-20, 2021.

San Mateo Together: Virtual Workshop 

What can each of us do to help make San Mateo more inclusive? How can we stand together against racism? Join the City of San Mateo and Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center for an interactive discussion as part of the 2021 United Against Hate Week. This virtual workshop will include short films, teachings DEI principles, and small group discussions.

When: Thursday, Nov. 18 from 6:30-8 p.m.
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Together, We Are San Mateo

San Mateo United Against Hate poster Opens in new windowThe City of San Mateo prides itself on being a vibrant, diverse community that is committed to equity and inclusivity, and stands firmly against all forms of racism, anti-immigrant sentiment, xenophobia and implicit bias. Respect, integrity, transparency and inclusivity are core values of our organization. We believe we are stronger as a community that is inclusive of all people, regardless of skin color, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity.

In the midst of an ongoing pandemic and economic recession, we are confronted with the legacy of the lack of progress we as a nation have made in addressing discrimination in our society and institutions. San Mateo does not need to accept this legacy as our own. We know collective action is needed to effect meaningful systematic change and create a more just system for all. Our organization is here for our community – here to listen and carefully reflect on actions we can collectively take to contribute to a better San Mateo for all.

City Actions to Support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Council Resolutions 

In November 2019, the City Council unanimously voted to join the United Against Hate movement and kicked off this commitment with a San Mateo-themed poster and photo contest. Community members can download the San Mateo United Against Hate poster to display in solidarity.

On April 20, 2020, the City Council adopted a resolution to denounce stigmatization, hateful racism and xenophobia. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Asian American and immigrant communities have feared being targets of xenophobia, anti-immigrant sentiments and racism. City officials have spoken in support of our community and denounce any harmful or discriminatory acts – especially during this global health crisis.

On July 20, 2020, the City Council adopted a resolution declaring that black lives matter, and reaffirming the City’s commitment to racial equality. This resolution was written in collaboration with numerous leaders from our faith, NAACP, nonprofit and law enforcement communities.

Policing in San Mateo

In response to civil unrest and community concerns following the death of George Floyd, the San Mateo Police Department began the Real Talk San Mateo series to discuss policing in San Mateo and established an accountability web page. The City Council also hosted two study sessions on policing, budgeting and use of force policies. You can watch these virtual sessions online.

Internal Staff 

In late 2020, the City began establishing a new internal staff Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. The interdepartmental group will be tasked with advancing DEI in the workplace.

San Mateo Together - 2020 United Against Hate Week

As part of the 2020 United Against Hate Week, the City hosted a three-part series of virtual community events Dec. 1-10, 2020. The Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, PCRC, facilitated these interactive and engaging dialogues during which participants reflected on who we are as a community and how we can become more tolerant. The first event included short films and conversations about race, implicit bias, diversity, equity and inclusion. PCRC then provided two workshops for the public on implicit bias and cross-cultural communications.

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