Many people focus on race and gender when they think of diversity. However, diversity includes a much wider focus. Inclusion requires creating an environment where a wide variety of voices are heard and appreciated. It’s important that these voices represent a broad spectrum of diversity, including, but not limited to: 

  • Race
  • Gender/ Gender Identity
  • Culture
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Political views

When we draw on the wisdom, perspective, and experiences from a diverse population, we are better able to meet the needs of our growing community. We must make every resident feel welcome and proud to call New Braunfels home. Here, we are better because of our differences, not despite them.

Educate the community about diversity issues

  • Raise awareness in the community through community events (Dia de los Muertos, Freedom March, etc.)
  • Provide learning opportunities for community members to learn about multi-cultural issues

Enhance participation across all groups in the community

  • Increase the participation of under-represented groups on city boards and commissions
  • Identify and encourage key stakeholders to get involved in creating greater diversity in community participation

Survey the community regarding diversity issues and access

  • Obtain feedback from the community regarding their concerns and what changes they would like to see happen in their city
  • Establish a response team to respond to questions/queries generated by residents in a timely manner

Partner with the New Braunfels Police Department

  • Establish an advisory group to work with the Police Department
  • Review hiring and firing policies of law enforcement

Enhance Cross-Cultural Relationships and Collaboration

  • Promote opportunities for individuals to be involved in the community (churches, non-profits, civic organizations, etc.)
  • Build community partnerships across every sector of the community