PLYMOUTH, MN – The city of Plymouth has launched a new division of diversity, equity, and inclusion and Laurice Reed has been selected to lead it.
City Manager Dave Callister appointed Reed to be the city's first diversity, equality, and inclusion manager, and she accepted the position.
Reed will work with citizens, community groups, and municipal officials across all departments to promote inclusion, stimulate debates about fairness and diversity, and cultivate cultures that value all points of view in order to build a stronger community. Reed will collaborate with citizens, community groups, and municipal officials across all departments in order to build a stronger community.
Even though Reed began working in April and has already made a significant contribution, the new program will require time to establish the necessary foundations. Reed will spend the next three months reviewing the city's mission, vision, policies, and practices through the lens of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Writing an action plan, making recommendations to City Council, and forming relationships with various stakeholders and interested organizations would be among her responsibilities.
Reed said, “It’s exciting to start a new program in the foundational stages. Plymouth is a strong city with changing demographics and a commitment to community building. I’m energized by the opportunity to begin Plymouth’s DEI work.”
Reed came to Plymouth from the City of Minneapolis, where she worked as the division's racial equity program coordinator for nearly five years before moving to Plymouth. Reed graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a master's degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She is currently employed as a consultant.
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