KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The Andrew Jeng campaign announced Jeng’s agenda for fostering diversity and inclusion in Kissimmee in a press release Sunday. Jeng, candidate for Kissimmee City Commission, Seat 2, aims to implement OneKissimmee, a new Kissimmee City Advisory Board for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. There is currently no advisory board of this kind in Kissimmee, according to the campaign press release.
The Jeng campaign’s rollout explains that OneKissimmee combines the power of government, private and non-profit partners, and communities to find and remove systemic inequities and barriers to opportunity.
The board’s aim is to work to create a unified Kissimmee—a safe and inviting city with world-class employees, infrastructure and services, an ethical, transparent, and fiscally responsible government, thriving communities and businesses; and residents who are equipped for success.
OneKissimmee will be charged with:
- Evaluating current and newly created systems in hiring and appointments to boards & commissions and determining their effectiveness for communities of color, the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, seniors and people with disabilities
- In partnership with area colleges and universities, developing a pipeline program to train individuals from diverse people groups to enter into positions in public service
- Identifying key positions outside of department heads that can serve as pipelines for diverse people groups to advance into those positions
- Identifying talent across diverse communities to fill positions within the City and on boards and commissions
- Establishing clear and realistic benchmarks to measure results and progress
Jeng already has connections with community organizations, forging strong community relations to work toward his vision of a unified Kissimmee, and is continuing to expand his outreach.
“Kissimmee’s population is rapidly growing and becoming more culturally diverse. It is time for the City Government to accurately reflect the people it represents,” Jeng noted. “Now is the time for Kissimmee to lead by example, creating an environment of inclusion for its citizens.”