While underrepresented populations do exist in our local jurisdictions, there is optimism around local governments becoming more proactive and inclusive. And there is hope that local governments will create substantive programs that recruit, hire, and retain underrepresented populations into their ranks.
In this Leading Edge Research report, Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D., director of community engagement for the University of Houston - College of Medicine, highlights local governments that excel in increasing diversity and fostering inclusiveness. The report offers new findings and recommendations that can help local leaders in building programs that go beyond compliance and create hiring and retention processes that are robust and equitable and that secure the best candidates possible.
Expert Insight - Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D.
“When the local government workforce does not reflect the makeup of the community, it affects how welcome some residents feel in participating in and trusting the governmental process; it can squelch civic involvement and maintain a status quo that does not work for the community.”
What's Inside The Report