Recently, the members of the new Diversity Task Force encouraged Auburn residents to reach out to them and participate in dialogue surrounding diversity and inclusion.

Ward 1 Councilwoman Connie Fitch Taylor and Ward 5 Councilman Steven Dixon make up the task force, which was recently formed by Mayor Ron Anders.

Dixon said he has begun meeting with people one-on-one and he has met with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at Auburn University.

"Right now we are just listening to everybody, and I think that's an important step in this process," he said. "It's a new thing that the city is taking on, and we want to make sure that it's done properly and carefully and done the right way. It's not something we want to rush through. So, right now we are meeting with different people and different organizations and would love to have input from anybody.

"If anyone has anything they'd like to bring to us, we'd love to sit and meet and talk about that."

Dixon added that the task force hopes to have a plan in place some time in 2019.

Both Dixon and Taylor encouraged residents to reach out to them. Their contact information can be found at

Anders created the task force shortly after taking office, saying that he had heard from people struggling to be included while campaigning.

"I heard a number of times ... yes we’ve got a lot of things going for us, but there are a lot of people who aren’t participating in that, who don’t feel like they’re wanted or needed or the opportunities aren’t the same for them," he said. "It's important that we give all of Auburn an opportunity to speak to that."

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