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Self-Awareness First

This guest article is by ELGL member Matt Hirschinger, Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Arvada, CO. Read all of Matt’s other articles at the Social Justice –> Government homepage. One of the courses I recently completed is “Intercultural Communication”. What I found was that though there was some good information about … Continued

DEI and the “Too Far”, “Too Much” Dilemma

This guest article is by ELGL member Matt Hirschinger, Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Arvada, CO. Read all of Matt’s other articles at the Social Justice –> Government homepage. Those of us engaging with diversity, equity, and inclusion eventually, if not immediately, run into the challenge of exasperation. “This is going … Continued

Homelessness and a Choice

This guest article is by ELGL member Matt Hirschinger, Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Arvada, CO. Read all of Matt’s other articles at the Social Justice –> Government homepage. My fifth project as part on my ongoing degree and the Social Justice -> Local Government series is an infographic created for … Continued

What are our 1,000 Words?

This guest article is by ELGL member Matt Hirschinger, local government professional in transition. Read all of Matt’s other articles at the Social Justice –> Government homepage. We say that a picture is worth 1,000 words, recognizing that visual images can communicate many different messages both explicit and implicit in a single moment. As local … Continued

Privilege within DEI

This guest article is by ELGL member Matt Hirschinger, local government professional in transition. This article was written for the Hard Conversations about Racial Equity Cohort. Read all of Matt’s other articles at the Social Justice –> Government homepage. I’ve spoken about my privilege before on ELGL. I wrote about it in my first post … Continued

Narratives on Poverty

This guest article is by ELGL member Matt Hirschinger, the Assistant to the Town Manager in Hudson, Colorado. Read all of Matt’s other articles at the Social Justice –> Government homepage. How do we in local government tell stories concerning the poor? On a national scale, it’s a pretty bleak picture. The poor are depicted … Continued

Law Enforcement, Social Justice, Resources

This guest article is by ELGL member Matt Hirschinger, the Assistant to the Town Manager in Hudson, Colorado. Read all of Matt’s other articles at the Social Justice –> Government homepage. To start with the elephant in the room, law enforcement and social justice are widely seen as being at odds in today’s world. Advocates … Continued

Progress is on Us

I was in a training facilitated by the Colorado Emerging Managers that focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. I went into the training not expecting to say anything, instead learn from people more experienced and able than myself. This changed when one attendee brought up the concern that we can’t really do anything until those … Continued

Alternatives to Objectivity

Objectivity is a pillar of our local government profession. We earn and maintain trust with our residents by treating them fairly. We advise and make decisions with the use of data-driven metrics. We continue to search for ways to make the services we provide more efficient and effective. Our objectivity helps us put the professional … Continued

Reconciling the Heart Wrenching

Disclaimer: This post will include difficult topics such as racial and sex oppression, sterilization, homophobia, among others. The intent of this post is to discuss accepting the reality of these tragedies both historical and in the present day. However, it is also recognized that not everyone is in the right place to read about these … Continued

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