The City of Montgomery, like most American communities, is growing and diversifying.  Presently, 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 various cultures, faiths, and customs enriches social and civic life and is a positive development for the community.

Chip Harrod is the executive director of the Bridges of Faith Trialogue, a nonprofit that works to promote inclusion, equity, and justice through the engagement of Cincinnati’s interfaith community.  In this capacity, Chip directs the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths.  Chip and his wife, Terri, have resided in Montgomery for 34 years.  They have three daughters and eight grandchildren.

 

Why is it important for you to participate in the Montgomery Diversity and Inclusion Committee?

 

Fostering diversity and inclusion is a lifelong passion of mine. It is a privilege to be able to work with this wonderful group of diverse and equally passionate Montgomery neighbors on issues of diversity and inclusion.  All that the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager had to do was to put out a call for volunteers to do this important work, and these amazing residents stepped up.  It speaks well of our city and what our citizens value.

 

Why are Diversity and Inclusion important to the community?

Diversity and inclusion are essential for numerous social, civic, and economic reasons, all of which promote the vitality and cultural enrichment of Montgomery. The national and regional population demographics are continuously changing. Montgomery desires to be a welcoming community, a community of choice for persons of ALL races, religions, ethnicities, orientations, and cultures.  To be an inviting community requires all of us, including our city government, to acknowledge, appreciate and respect human differences.  The bottom line, we want all interested individuals, families and prospective businesses to conclude “We will be welcome in Montgomery!”