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DAY OF WEEK: Wednesday
DATE: 06/21/2023
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             1:30 P.M.
1. Call to Order
  Chair Toner called the meeting to order at 1:30PM.
2. Roll Call
NOTE: One or more Commission Members may be in attendance telephonically or by other technological means.
Jean Toner, Chair
Carolyn Kidd
Sara Jarvis
Mandy Martinez Gebler, Vice Chair
Marcela Pino
Bethany Camp
Angelica Sanchez

Jean Toner, Chair  
Mandy Martinez-Gebler, Vice Chair  
Sara Jarvis  
Bethany Camp  
Carolyn Kidd  X
Marcela Pino  
Angelica Sanchez  
Mission Statement and Land Acknowledgment


A commission to foster support, respect, awareness and appreciation of diversity among all citizens of Flagstaff.

The Commission on Diversity Awareness humbly acknowledges the ancestral homelands of this area’s Indigenous nations and original stewards. These lands, still inhabited by Native descendants, border mountains sacred to Indigenous peoples. We honor them, their legacies, their traditions, and their continued contributions. We celebrate their past, present, and future generations who will forever know this place as home.
  Commissioner Jarvis read the mission statement.  Commissioner Pino read the  land acknowledgment.
4. Upcoming Opportunities and Announcements
5. Public Comment

The Commission cannot act upon items presented during the Public Participation portion of the Agenda. Individual Commission members may ask questions of the public but are prohibited by the Open Meeting Law from discussion or considering the item among themselves until the item is officially placed on the Agenda. Each public comment or presentation will be limited to five (5) minutes.
6. Approval of Minutes: May 17th, 2023
  Commissioner Jarvis provided spelling correction to minutes for Angelina's name.  Commissioner Camp made motion to approve minutes,  Motion passed unanimously. 
7. Date of Next Meeting: July 19th, 2023
8. Action Items
  1. Update on Juneteenth.
  Council person House provided update to the committee on Juneteenth and Indigenous People's day.
  1. Discussion of formal efforts for the women’s right commission.
  Chair Toner discussed rolling over the work group that handled Women's History Month to work on the Women's Rights Commission.  Commissioner Camp said she was in favor.  Chair Toner said the commission can discuss the work group further next month when everyone is available.
  1. Pride Parade and Pride in the pines

  Chair Toner shared the events were successful with a strong turnout and great support.  The commission is planning on having a float next year, Commissioner Gebler's husband volunteered his truck and trailer for it.
9. Reports/Discussion Items
A. Proclamations
i. Proclamations Work Group Update: Update provided by Carolyn Kidd, Bethany Camp, Mandy Gebler
  Chair Toner asked for an update on the proclamation for Jewish Heritage Month.  The commission discussed what guidelines or structure would be followed to determine when a proclamation may or may not be appropriate as it relates the religion and spirituality.  Liaison Keita pointed our that there is a rise in antisemitism and hate crimes and that Jewish cultural identity, not religious affiliation, is what is being considered for the proclamation, which would make Jewish Heritage Month akin to Black History Month or Italian History Month.  The commission agreed to differentiate between cultural identity and religion in regards to the proclamation.  Chair Toner asked for the work group to have discussion and come back to the commission with a recommendation.
ii. Updates from Staff Liaison:
  1. Staff Liaison will give any potentials updates on city council meeting.
  Liaison Keita updated the commission on feedback from the public requesting that Juneteenth be recognized as a holiday.  The work group will draft a recommendation to be reviewed by the commission and then sent to the HR/RM Director and then the leadership team.  Council Person House advised the committee on the process to move the recommendation through council procedures.
B. Recommendations to Council (updates and future items)
Anti-Camp Ordinance review of data for move to another committee
  Chair Toner advised the commission is going to find a grad student to use the data collected to complete a project for their degree plan.
C. Current Commission Priorities:
  1. Work group list
  2. Collaboration with library/history update on project.
  3. Women’s Calendar Report
  Chair Toner added Commissioner Kidd to the work group previously created for Women's History Month, she asked Liaison Keita to update it to the Women's Rights work group.  Commissioner Camp and Commissioner Jarvis stated in the meeting chat that they would both like to be part of the Women's Commission work group.  Commissioner Camp request to create a resource page on the City's website for the commission, Liaison Keita confirmed it was approved.

1.Upcoming Opportunities and Announcements

Upcoming Election for chair and vice chair

  Chair Toner explained the protocol for chair and vice chair of the committee.
10. Agenda for Future Meeting(s)
Discussion on Commemorative Flag update from Rose Toehe to collaborate with CODA and other community groups to develop a flag that would help represent the African American community for Black History Month better than the current representing flag does. Also, to discuss future opportunities for flag representation of community groups.

  Chair Toner updated the committee on upcoming agenda.
11. Adjourment
  Chair Toner adjourned meeting at 2:11PM.

The undersigned hereby certifies that a copy of the foregoing notice was duly posted at Flagstaff City Hall on                      , at                a.m./p.m. This notice has been posted on the City's website and can be downloaded at

Dated this               day of                                       , 2023.

Lisa Keita, Human Resources Analyst                                          


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