Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community Task Force

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Community Task Force -
The application process closed on August 15 for 2020 - 2021 Task Force

Purpose and Charge

Build relationships among members and leaders of the community (bringing together a diverse group of people--city, business, community members, schools, the faith-based community, cultural, etc.) to support the Bentonville Together initiative. 

The task force will seek to examine and address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the City of Bentonville with the goal of ensuring the City of Bentonville is welcoming to all and all feel a part of the community.

Working together, the City will coordinate, encourage, and implement initiatives and activities to learn, listen, and lead (Document Attached) to promote an inclusive community that reflects the rich and diverse experiences and cultures in our city.

Phase one of the Mayor's DEI Community Task Force will include:

  • Support/Co Facilitate community listening sessions
  • Help promote educational/cultural lectures, events, and activities
  • Gather and review data on relevant diversity topics
  • Establish closer, regular communication, and consultation between DEI City Employee Resource Group and Advisory Board on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion that affect the city as a whole
  • Build a stronger relationship with the City of Bentonville Police Department, public offices, community safety organizations, and diverse individuals of our community

The DEI Community Task Force is comprised of members of the City of Bentonville and represented each ward and ex officio City Officials.
Members will serve terms up to three (1) year terms, with a possibility to renew to allow cycling on/off the Bentonville DEI Community Taskforce.

 The Mayor's DEI Community Taskforce will meet once a month for and support community listening and feedback sessions as available with city officials.

Note: The task force will create subcommittees with additional members as needed for special topics. All meetings will be open, and the public is welcome to attend.

The application process has closed for the 2020-2021 Task Force. 

2020-21 Bentonville Together Community Task Force

Ward 1

Liz Alsina
Cynthia Cochran
Cassandra Hernandez
Ian Heung
Moiz Mohammed
Liz Alsina
Cynthia Cochran
Cassandra Hernandez
Ian Heung
Moiz Mohammed

Ward 2

Angie Bailey
Melanie Hoskins
Beth Keck
Ramon Portilla
Tacuma Williams
Angie Bailey
Melanie Hoskins
Beth Keck
Ramon Portilla
Tacuma Williams

Ward 3

Yusra Abboud
Melissa Carter
Kesha Chiappinelli
Shalynee Jackson
Joe Payne
Yusra Abboud
Melissa Carter
Kesha Chiappinelli
Shalynne Jackson
Joe Payne

Ward 4

Evan Gray
Gwen Kelly
Candace Kozark
Sheree Miller
Carol Vella
Evan Gray
Gwen Kelly
Candace Kozark
Sheree Miller
Carol Vella