The Will County Board formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee in November 2020, to review the effectiveness of recruiting, planning and decision making to employ, retain and promote a diverse workforce.
As reflected in the 2020 census, Will County’s population continues to grow and become more diverse. County Board Member Margaret Tyson, of Bolingbrook, who chairs the Diversity and Inclusion committee said, “Will County is a diverse community, and we want county government to accurately reflect the diversity in our workforce and in those we do business with.”
Will County hired consulting firm Carmona Strategic Solutions to help guide the initial steps of creating a diversity master plan. The firm is collecting data to assist the County Board, County Executive and other stakeholders as they determine if there is a need for future change. This includes reviewing Will County’s biannual Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) report, finding areas for opportunity and addressing policies and procedures affecting diversity and inclusion throughout the Will County government.
“We are reviewing current county demographics to identify where we stand and what our target should be,” said County Board Member and vice chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Denise Winfrey, of Joliet. Denise is also National Association of Counties (NACo) First Vice President.
Next, the county plans to send a questionnaire to all Will County employees to identify the organizational culture. This will assist in determining if there are any reinforced shared beliefs and values that shape employee perceptions, behaviors and understanding.
Updates will be presented at the July committee meeting.