It’s been over a year since Naperville city officials hired a manager of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DIE). Other than checking-the-box, showing that the City hired someone to manage DIE, what’s the purpose of the hire? What issue or problem required hiring someone to address diversity, inclusion, and equity?
If the only purpose of creating this position is for virtue signaling, with no intention of accomplishing anything worthwhile, since no problem exists, then city officials can consider this as mission accomplished. City officials can pat themselves on the back and congratulate each other for demonstrating their collective good character and moral correctness.
More puzzling is how could someone be hired to manage DIE if she “never thought about (diversity, equity, and inclusion) before coming here to work”? That seems rather odd doesn’t it? That would be comparable to hiring a city manager who never gave any thought to managing a city.
The issue is not the person hired, the issue is with city officials approving the need to hire anyone for this purpose. These are tax dollars that could have been better spent elsewhere.
The managers plan revolved around the three L’s; listening, learning, and leveraging. The first six to eight months was devoted to listening. She is currently working between learning and leveraging. It won’t be long until we will all learn to what end ‘checking-the-box’ accomplished.
The excitement is building. Can you feel it?