South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg issued an executive order establishing a new diversity and inclusion initiative for the city on Friday, Jan. 15 — the 87th birthday of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The order calls for city leaders to evaluate the city’s current policies and develop a plan to promote more diversity and inclusion within city government. Many of the initiatives will be lead by the Diversity and Inclusion officer position created in the 2016 budget. Buttigieg has not yet announced who will be in that position.
The executive order also requires city employees to be receptive to diverse ideas and perspectives and to treat others with respect and dignity.
It is Buttigieg’s first executive order of 2016.
“The order outlines the actions my administration will take to become a model of equality, diversity, and inclusion,” Buttigieg said in a statement. “It’s not enough to speak of the importance of these values, the city must lead by example.”
Read the full executive order below.