Montgomery Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The City of Montgomery, like most American communities, is growing and diversifying. Presently, our excellent school system, Sycamore Community Schools, has a student population representing 54 nationalities and 41 spoken languages, making it one of the most culturally diverse systems in the State. Approximately 10 percent of Montgomery residents are cultural minorities.

City Council and administration believe the infusion of diverse cultures, faiths, and customs enriches social and civic life and is a positive development for the community. As a municipal government, there is a tremendous benefit in nurturing and promoting this diversity in the community, and it warrants a higher priority on the City agenda.

The committee is lead by longtime Montgomery resident Robert “Chip” Harrod.

Our View of Diversity

Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another.  While diversity is often used in reference to race, ethnicity, and gender, we embrace a broader definition that also includes age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance.  Our definition also includes diversity of thought: ideas, perspectives and values. We also recognize that individuals affiliate with multiple identities.