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Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

The City of Highland Park is committed to fostering an inclusive, affirming community for residents and employees. This section provides an overview of the City’s work that has been undertaken and what is planned to advance a community culture of inclusion and diversity.

The City aims to continue identifying opportunities to better serve the residents of Highland Park with responsive and anticipatory customer service through extensive community engagement and open channels of communication. Community feedback is welcome and may be directed to the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000 or cityhp@cityhpil.com.

Mission
The City of Highland Park municipal government's mission is to provide high-quality services to our community through collaborative, effective, and transparent governance in an efficient and fiscally responsible manner.

Core Priorities
The City’s work is guided by five core priorities: fiscal stability, public safety, infrastructure investment, economic development, and environmental sustainability. The City Council established the City’s priorities based on public feedback and staff input. These priorities and their associated objectives guide the City’s major projects and initiatives with assigned tangible goals for advancing the City’s priorities.

The City’s annual work plan contains several strategies to foster an inclusive and welcoming community. The City will continue working to connect and engage in an ongoing dialogue to learn how resources can better support Highland Park’s needs and advance its values, through community engagement, consistent communication, investment in business development, and support for human services and cultural arts.

Statement Against Hate

Hate has no home in Highland Park. The City strives to embody our inclusive and affirming values as an open and welcoming community. The City of Highland Park strongly opposes prejudice, bias, hostility, discrimination or violence against individuals based on their race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, gender, or gender identity. The City unequivocally condemns any racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ+, ableist, or otherwise hate-motived groups or individuals who threaten any form of violence towards, harassment, or discrimination against our residents, visitors, students, or City staff. This behavior is never acceptable.

Recognizing the critical responsibility of responding swiftly to safeguard our community from hate, the City of Highland Park will take every possible action to ensure that residents, workers, students, and visitors will not face discrimination or harassment. Hate crimes and violence have no place in our city, state, or country and will not be tolerated. If a report of such a hate crime is received in Highland Park, the City’s Police Department will thoroughly investigate, in partnership with appropriate partner agencies, to ensure the continued safety of our community.

It is essential that our community stand together in denouncing all acts of bigotry and violence in accordance with our values. Hate has no home in Highland Park or anywhere.

Values Statement

Highland Park is an inclusive and welcoming community that honors and affirms the intrinsic worth and unique perspectives of all who reside, work, study, and visit here. The City of Highland Park celebrates the diverse characteristics of persons of every race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, language, religion and faith tradition, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, age, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and immigration status. These individual characteristics bring richness to our community. We are committed to ensuring that our priorities, policies, and behaviors nurture a sustainable citywide culture of inclusion that embraces the full diversity of our community.  We invite all members of our community to participate and contribute to a more just and equitable future.

As a City, we will work to live up to this Values Statement by always:

  • Working through an equity lens.
    We will ensure access, processes, policies, and outcomes do not inadvertently exclude anyone.
  • Operating with transparency. 
    We believe that open communication, honest discussion, and inclusion of the diverse voices of our community lead to trust.
  • Condemning any act of hate or discrimination.
    We will uphold the City’s Statement Against Hate in a timely, unequivocal, and actionable way.