Decatur surveying residents about diversity

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 10, 2015

The city of Decatur is creating a plan to address the city’s dwindling diversity and wants feedback.

Under the auspices of the Better Together campaign, the city is supporting the creation of a Community Action Plan that will tie together input from around the community about issues surrounding diversity. As part of the development of the plan, there will be a “large-scale community conversation” held at the Ebster gymnasium on Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register to participate, click here.

The survey asks people whether or not they agree that Decatur is welcoming to people of all income levels, races, sexual orientations, ages and abilities.

A list of survey questions obtained via

A list of survey questions obtained via

To take the survey, click here.

The city recently entered into a $109,000 agreement with a consultant, The Art of Community, to help develop the plan and facilitate the conversation.


The consulting firm put together a Leadership Circle of residents and city employees that has been meeting regularly to develop recommendations about how the diversity discussion should move forward. The development of the Community Action Plan came about after a group of citizens, led by former School Board member Don Denard, raised concerns about alleged racial profiling by city Police Officers. The city decided to make it broader dialogue about race and diversity in the city.

As the city’s development has increased, its population of minority residents has decreased.

According to a report produced for the commission, whites accounted for 60 percent of the city’s population in 1990, while blacks accounted for almost 40 percent. According to the 2010 census, about 73 percent of the city’s population was white and 20 percent was black. The remainder of the population was non-black minority, which includes Hispanics.

Decatur is also going to host a one-day “leadership and facilitation training” on Aug. 22.

“Join our one-day leadership and facilitation training to learn how to help people work across differences, respond to complex problems, and use inclusive approaches,” the announcement says. “Training happens August 22, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at the Decatur Conference Center in the Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairemont Ave.”

To register for the training, click here.

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  • Rob

    Populations shift and people move in & out of cities all the time. I am very surprised we are spending over $250K to analyze why.

  • Mic

    Your tax dollars at work.

  • James donald

    What a complete joke. Is this a portlandia episode?

  • David Parker

    The most progressive city in the entire southeast US, and we have a group of residents here who make it to be 1965 Selma so that they can save the day. Let’s not engineer the demographics of city and spend everyone’s tax dollars on catered secret meetings and surveys that sound as if they were written here:

    I can see why the commissioners want out and are not running for re-election.

    Let’s support the police and stop wasting tax dollars on the PC police!

  • You know who

    “Decatur is welcoming to people of all beliefs.”

    …unless you happen to believe in the lawful carry of firearms.

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