Vermont's population is becoming more diverse and reflective of a global citizenry. One in four people moving to Burlington is a person of color. The City of Burlington aspires to create a welcoming and inclusive community for all. The City is taking steps to promote diversity and create equitable systems throughout the City.
Recent and ongoing efforts include: implementing new diversity training for all employees; making new inclusive public engagement efforts; and crafting a Diversity & Equity Strategic Plan for the City.
Additionally, the City of Burlington's We All Belong (WAB) program, established in 2008, works with City departments, schools, and non-profit agencies to create more inclusive workplaces and better serve Burlington's diversifying community. WAB currently is working with 15 City departments and non-profit agencies, including the Office of the Mayor, Burlington School District, Human Resources Department, Department of Parks and Recreation, Burlington International Airport, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, and Local Motion. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger counts the creation of a more diverse, inclusive City as a top priority, stating: "Creating a City, workplaces, and institutions where people of all backgrounds are welcomed and fully valued is a critical challenge for Burlington as it becomes more diverse. The We All Belong program offers a great opportunity for organizations to work toward meeting this difficult challenge."