Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Implementation Committee

All are Invited: Community Listening Session Diversity, Equity, Inclusion an Belonging Report - Thursday, November 30, 6:00 PM, Monona LibraryDEIB Image for FB

As part of the city’s ongoing work to create a more welcoming community where all feel truly at home, a group of citizens, elected leaders, and city staff, with guidance from the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development (https://nehemiah.org), have been working on the next phase of the city’s first-ever report on diversity and equity issues, which is the prioritization and implementation of the recommendations identified within.  A copy of the plan is available at: https://www.mymonona.com/DocumentCenter/View/12298/Monona-DEICommitteeReport-FINAL-web?bidId= 

The DEIB Report Implementation Committee would like to invite all community members to a second listening session to be held on November 30, at 6:00-7:30 PM, at the Monona Public Library’s municipal room on the lower level.

The purpose of this event is to share what we’ve been working on, the priorities we’ve identified from the report and to make space for community members to speak and share their wishes and concerns. All are welcome!

For more information or questions about this or any City happening, don’t hesitate to contact City Hall at 608-222-2525, or visit mymonona.com.


On March 3, 2021, the Monona City Council adopted Resolution 21-3-2470, establishing an ad-hoc workgroup on diversity and equity issues.  The charge of this workgroup was to determine a plan to ensure that Monona makes a long-term commitment to racial and social justice and equity both at city hall and in the community at large.  After meeting for more than a year, the Workgroup issued its final report on June 6, 2022.  The City wishes to extend its appreciation to the members of the original workgroup:  Jayson Chung, Kristie Goforth, Jerry Chapa, Raquel Diaz, Jade Fea, Alicia Hazen, Catherine Orr, Mary Anne Reed, and Oscar Young.

After the issuance of their final report, the charge of the workgroup was extended to plan the implementation of the those initiatives identified in the final report.  Members were appointed to the DEIB Implementation Committee in Dec. 2022, and the group began meeting in Jan. 2023.

Read the Report

DEI Final Report 6-6-22


  • Alder Teresa Radermacher
  • Jon Anderson, Chair
  • Jayson Chung
  • Kristie Goforth
  • Mary Anne Reed
  • Lynne Chase
  • Jessi Claringbole
  • Ana Shelene Zarate Lopez
  • Kye Richards
  • Shelby Steel

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Official Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Monona City Council adopted the following city-wide statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion on April 19, 2021:

The City of Monona is committed to welcoming all people - regardless of their race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or ability - and foster a sense of belonging and opportunity across our community and among our staff. Together we strive to remove barriers to living, working, and thriving in our city because we believe that diverse perspectives make Monona a great place to visit and call home.