Vision: The City of Eagan is inclusive and equitably serves our racially diverse community so everyone can thrive.

How will we work toward this goal?

In 2022, the City of Eagan began a race equity and inclusion initiative. Here’s the high-level plan: 

    • Review practices through a racially equitable lens 
    • Develop policies, procedures, and programs that serve and are equitable for our racially diverse community members 
    • Measure progress and evaluate outcomes 

Step one: review practices

With the help of consultants from the Center for Economic Inclusion, we first reviewed practices. That included looking at City services, programs, and policies, and how they serve those who live, work, and play in Eagan.

Through this process, we gained insight into how Eagan can best serve the needs of everyone in our increasingly diverse community.


A tidbit from the 2020 Census: Nearly a third of Eagan residents—and 46% of the community’s children—are Black, Indigenous, and people of color. 

“To keep Eagan growing, vibrant, and welcoming, we must hear, represent, and respect all voices,” City Administrator Dianne Miller said. “That’s how we can best serve the multiracial, multiethnic community we’re becoming.” 

Step two: improve practices 

After our review, the next step will be to improve practices. Future steps will rely on community outreach and engagement with residents and stakeholders. 

Community conversations

Our community conversation series will be modeled after the National Civic League's toolkit on All-America Conversations, which are designed to help us understand "residents’ aspirations for the community, the divisions facing the community, and most importantly, the small, specific actions that give people confidence that we can work across dividing lines."

The City is in the process of finding a consultant to facilitate these conversations, and the next step will be planning the conversations and inviting the community to participate.

Why the focus on race equity and inclusion?

Many organizations have dug into diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the last few years, and many people are familiar with its acronym: DEI. Meanwhile, our initiative centers on race equity and inclusion, or REI. So why is Eagan focused on REI, not DEI?  

“We want to ensure that Eagan is a diverse community where race is not a factor in how well anyone thrives,” Assistant City Administrator Sarah Alig said. “We focus on race because we know racial inequity has impacted people and communities throughout our nation’s history. It’s important to be specific about race inequity in order to overcome it.” 

While the City aims to improve outcomes for everyone, the work needed in this moment requires a focus on race equity, said Mayor Mike Maguire.

How did we get here? 

Thanks to past efforts and intentional work, city staff and leaders are ready to continue our learning and growth in the upcoming year.   

In 2017, nine Eagan staff members took part in a yearlong training through the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) to advance racial equity in the City. That effort developed into an internal Race Equity and Inclusion committee that focused on education, trainings, inclusive practices, and cultural issues’ visibility. The committee also helped launch a race equity analysis tool used to help guide the City’s budget process through a race equity lens. 

About Eagan

Eagan is more diverse today than ever before in our history. Nearly one in three people who call Eagan home are now Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC).   

Eagan continues to draw people from across the country and globe. This rich diversity brings with it a range of cultural differences and perspectives. In order to sustain all that makes Eagan attractive, all voices must be heard, represented, and respected.  

The City has changed from its origin as a farming community of European settlers when it was established in 1860 to now a thriving city with diverse housing, employment, entertainment, transit, and people. 

 

View the first Experience Eagan REI story here
View the second Experience Eagan REI story here

Eagan’s Nondiscrimination Policy: 

The City of Eagan is committed to the policy that all persons have equal access to its programs, services, activities, facilities, and employment without regard to race, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or status with regard to public assistance. 
 

Accessibility: 

Translations 

Language Line: 

For help in your preferred language, simply call us at (651) 675-5000. 

The City uses a service that helps us quickly translate to nearly any language. With over 240 languages available, the City’s interpretation service helps ensure that language is not a barrier to access. No matter the issue, translation is available free of charge for those who need it. 

So whether speaking in-person or over the phone, customers can comfortably communicate with the City in their preferred language.  

Digital Access: 

ADA Practices 

The City is continually to implement ADA practices to our digital communications – including on our website and on videos.  

Captioning 

Captions are standard on all City of Eagan digital productions.  

The City’s work around race equity and inclusion is ongoing and we will continue to build an environment in which all community members feel connected and truly engaged. 

 Eagan Census Data