Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Embracing a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Village of Arlington Heights strives to be a welcoming and inclusive place for all. One of the Village Board’s Strategic Priorities since 2019 is to “Find new ways to embrace diversity within the Community and Village Government.” 

Review the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report
provided to the Village by our consultant, The Kaleidoscope Group.

To view Village Board  Proclamations related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Position Statement Approved March 1

At its March 1 meeting, the Village Board unanimously voted to approve a diversity, equity and inclusion position statement that was part of a report submitted by the Village’s consultant, The Kaleidoscope Group. 

The position statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion reads:

The Village of Arlington Heights supports a welcoming environment for all by fostering an inclusive work force, providing fair and equitable access to, and delivery of, all government services to all community members of Arlington Heights, and developing opportunities for employees and community members to reach their full human potential to the greatest, appreciable extent. Embracing diversity in Arlington Heights is recognized as leveraging the differences and similarities of all people, respecting those differences, and valuing an inclusive environment to live, work, and visit.

Diversity in Arlington Heights means respecting and welcoming all individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and cultures to include (but not limited to) each individual’s culture, nation of origin, race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and ability. This commitment to diversity is the foundation for building and maintaining a high-quality workforce, government operations, and community inclusion in these processes. Diversity and inclusion are core values and strategic imperatives that build and support the strength of the Village of Arlington Heights as a community and government. 

All members of the Village, including employees, leadership, and community members have responsibilities to work collaboratively with one another to foster an environment where all employees and members of the community who engage with government feel included, valued, and respected. The Village of Arlington Heights’ diversity initiatives are applicable, but not limited, to policies and strategies on government operations, employee recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, and professional development and training. These practices are the benchmark of doing the work of government in Arlington Heights and encourage fair and equitable practices in support of respectful communication, collaboration, teamwork, achieving work/life balance, and continual efforts that promote greater understanding and respect for each other and the community we serve.


The Kaleidoscope Group was hired by the Village in 2020 in an effort to meet one of the Village Board’s Strategic Priorities of “Find new ways to embrace diversity within the Community and Village Government.” The role of the consultants was to focus on the Village Government as an employer and as a service provider. 

The consultant’s report includes 15 recommendations for the Village to consider that could help improve Village policies and procedures. This report is just one part of the Village’s broader effort to address diversity, equity and inclusion issues within the community and organization.

The Board will review the recommendations of the report at future meetings.

The Kaleidoscope group was hired by the Village in 2020 in an effort to meet one of the Village Board’s Strategic Priorities of “Find new ways to embrace diversity within the Community and Village Government.” The role of the consultants was to do an audit and review of the Village’s current policies and programs in terms of DEI.

This study is focused on the Village Government as an employer and as a service provider. It was not designed to address the broader issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community at large. While those issues should be addressed, the goal of this study was the focus on the areas over which the Village has the most control. This report is just one part of the Village’s broader effort to address DEI issues within the community and organization.

The firm conducted employee surveys, employee and resident focus groups, interviews, a town hall style listening session, and a review of current policies and practices over the past several months. 

Village's Current Practices

  • Strategic Priorities:

    Every two years the Village Board works together in completing a list of Strategic Priorities. Since 2019, the Board’s priorities include “Find new ways to embrace diversity within the Community and Village Government.” These priorities are the framework of the Village’s Business Plan where staff members are held to these goals.
  • Ongoing Employee Training:

    Unconscious-bias training was held for all managers with additional training currently underway for all employees. Additional training may be recommended as part of the Action Plan to ensure that the Village Government maintains an inclusive and equitable culture for its employees, customers, and other stakeholders. 

  • Bias Free Policing:

    The Arlington Heights Police Department values impartial and unbiased policing and view it as a critical cornerstone for upholding professional ethics in law enforcement. All persons having contact with any member of the Department shall be treated in a fair, equitable, and objective manner, in accordance with the law, and without consideration of their race, ethnic background, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, or any other identifiable group as defined by Department policy. 

  • Police Response to Resistance Policy:

    The preservation of human life is the highest value the Arlington Heights Police Department has. Our officers are trained on an annual basis to use de-escalation techniques whenever possible to reach an outcome that does not involve the use of force. As a nationally accredited agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), our policies are reviewed on an annual basis and held to a high standard. For more information, please review the Police Department's Response to Resistance Policy.
  • Policing policies:

    Learn more about the Arlington Heights Police Department policies by viewing this summary presentation on Policing that was presented to the Village Board in June, 2020.

    Police Officer Recruitment:

    The Village is working with 6 other area communities and Harper College to increase the number candidates for open law enforcement positions within our organizations with a special emphasis on the attraction of more female and minority candidates. A special recruitment event will be held virtually and/or at Harper College in March of 2021. More information will be coming soon.
  • Disability Accommodation Assessment:

    The Human Resources Department is working with the Health and Human Services Department to review the Village’s current recruitment practices to identify opportunities to eliminate barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities who are qualified for Village positions. This effort is underway and will conclude in the second quarter of 2021. 
  • Current Village Employee Demographics Compared to Community Demographics: 

     Community  Village Staff
     White Alone  81.7%  92.2%
     Black or African American Alone  1.5% 1%
     American Indian and Alaska Native Alone  0.1% 0.0%
     Asian Alone 10% 0.5%
     Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Alone  0.1% 0.5%
     Two or More Races 1.7% 2.5%
     Hispanic or Latino 5.6%  3.4%

     

LGBTQ+ Pride Month Proclamation from the Village Board

The Mayor and Village Board have issued a proclamation that declares June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the Village of Arlington Heights.

A Day to Celebrate Juneteenth Proclamation from the Village Board

The Mayor and Village Board have issued a proclamation that declares June 19, 2021 as a day to celebrate Juneteenth, and urge all citizens to join in this celebration. 

Support of the Asian & Asian Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community Proclamation from the Village Board

The Mayor and Village Board have issued a proclamation denouncing racism against Asians and Asian Americans.