We will fiercely seek opportunities for collaboration, remain accessible and transparent, and build on our residents’ passion for Boise and desire to shape their future.
Goal: Meet parallel communities where they’re at
As an accessible and transparent municipal government, we must ensure all voices that wish to participate in each conversation are provided the invitation and the opportunity.
- Identify and incorporate new approaches to ensure the city's communication and engagement activities reach a broad audience, including residents who don’t typically interact with government
- Work with community partners to increase participation in public meetings, city activities and conversations about the future of Boise
Goal: Create opportunities for underrepresented communities to interact and have conversations with Mayor McLean
Hearing from and listening to constituents is fundamental to a successful government. Boiseans do not always have the means or ability to meet the mayor at City Hall, so it is imperative that the mayor is accessible to constituents where they are.
- Continue monthly Listening Sessions with the mayor
- Partner with employers, faith-based organizations and others to provide listening session opportunities
- Remove barriers to participation by offering sessions throughout the city at diverse days and times
Goal: Increase mayor transparency
Boiseans deserve to know what their mayor is working on, who she is meeting with and what her priorities are.
- Publish the mayor’s meeting calendar on the city website
- Ensure constituent services meet service expectations and provide responses in a timely manner
Goal: Improve language translation services
Boise is a welcoming community made up of people from many different backgrounds. A government for everyone provides its residents access to city materials in the language they speak.
- Provide translations for core documents in the most common languages spoken by users
- Publicize and make accessible the process for requesting documents in languages other than English
- Provide ASL and language translation at Listening Sessions with the mayor and other public events
Goal: Conduct an inclusion assessment with City of Boise departments and employees
Residents deserve to have a city government that is responsive, open and inclusive. The first step to this is understanding, organizationally, our strengths and opportunities so that we can focus our efforts where they’ll have the greatest impact.
- With an external community partner, conduct an organizational assessment
- Create a framework for action so the city can become more responsive to the needs of the larger community through training, policy reviews and updates, and process improvement efforts
Goal: Create a workplace that reflects our community
In a city for everyone, the community sees themselves in their government - from police officers and firefighters to city leadership. A diverse workforce also ensures that different ideas, paths to solutions and innovations are possible.
- Assess the city’s internal cultural environment to identify opportunities for increased understanding of the value of a diverse workplace
- Increase visibility of underrepresented groups inside the city for a stronger sense of identity, building a culture to support allyship for a more welcoming and inclusive organization
- Identify and remove barriers to city employment and promotions for underrepresented communities
- Increase awareness about unconscious bias across the organization