Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)


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DEI VISION STATEMENT (adopted 10/19/21)

Lewiston  is  committed  to  being  a  community  of  excellence.  We  value  the  belief that every person, by virtue of being human, is entitled to a life of dignity, equality, and respect - free from discrimination and harassment.   

DEI MISSION STATEMENT (adopted 10/19/21)

Lewiston  is  dedicated  to  fostering  a  welcoming  and  inclusive  environment  for  all  its  residents. To achieve  a  community of  excellence,  our  goal  is  to  engage  and  empower  all  the  diverse voices of our  community  so  that  as  a  collective,  we can  remove  barriers  that  perpetuate inequity, injustice and exclusivity. We work to create a safe place where all our residents – of any race; creed; culture; socio-economic status; sexual orientation; residency; gender and/or disability - can live freely, play happily, thrive successfully, and learn and grow together. 

For this reason, the City of Lewiston upholds the following principles:  

  • Commit to closing racial and gender gaps in wages, housing credit, employment, business development, lending opportunities, and access to higher education for all our residents.  
  • Create a welcoming, nurturing, inclusive environment that promotes interaction among all residents and create awareness, appreciation, and acceptance of different cultures, beliefs, and ideas. 
  • Ensure that programs and policies do not perpetuate systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits for underserved groups.We will also strive for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) education of leadership and  community  member’s  trainings,  so  we can strengthen  every  employee’s  ability  to  serve  the  public  equitably and objectively. 
  • Promote equity for all by allocating resources to address the historic failure to invest sufficiently, justly, and equally in underserved communities, as well as individuals from those communities. 
  • Collaborate with members of communities that have been underrepresented and subjected to discrimination to evaluate opportunities for growth, education, partnership, and resources.
  • Promote  Title  VI  in  all  federally  funded  organizations  so  communities  are  aware  their  civil  rights  and  language access. 
  • Ensure fair and equitable growth of our children by providing equal access to recreation programs, higher learning, and resources. 
  • Prioritize  the  recruitment  of  marginalized  and  underrepresented  backgrounds  through  targeted  DEI  recruitment planning and retention of more diverse staff in all City departments.  
  • Collaborate with the School Committees to provide our young people with the best education in the State of Maine and pathways to higher education and positive life outcomes.  

City's Equity Statement
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Terms & Definitions

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207) 513-3000, Ext. 3241
27 Pine Street, Lewiston, ME  04240