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call 530-881-1212 meeting 868-782-442

When: July 9, 2015
Where: Conference call
Presenter: phone: 530-881-1212 meeting 868-782-442
Contact: Kyla Jacobsen

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Phone:  530-881-1212
Meeting: 868-782-442

On the call
Greg Swanson
Linda Henry
Theresa O'Grady
Laurie Dougherty
Kyla Jacobsen
Ted Meckes
Fasil Yitbarek
Ralph Gross

Kyla went to the presentation in Elgin and St Charles and it was well received. (Dr. Steve Robbins)
We need to create an open mindedness in our committees and being inclusive as opposed to being exclusive. Referred to the difference between diversity and affirmative action. We need to be sure there are no barriers or perceived barriers to getting involved in committees.

Where we have been:
A working vision statement has been developed and was on the agenda.

What is our focus? This call amended the focus to ....

Building strength and inclusion in the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association through diversity in skills, thoughts and backgrounds.

Committee Guidance

Next steps - Develop a mission statement and subsequent strategies.
What does success look like and how will we measure it?

Diversity guidelines from AWWA
  • Committee action plan
  • Technical program and speakers
  • Publications
  • Awards
  • Establish a welcoming program
  • Social activities

Future Meetings- standing committee meeting third Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm

Next steps
Kyla - take the AWWA documents and tweak them for ISAWWA use.
Kyla - send out the AWWA document to the members of this committee.
Laurie - send to Kyla the draft spreadsheet of the diversity audit form.
All - we need to do a visioning session on what does success look like.
- How are we sure we are including the greatest number of people that want to be involved
- How are we creating diversity in all of our sectors

Trustees jobs are to communicate with the operator groups. And ultimately we need to reach them and the outreach committee can help with this effort.

June Meeting - have some electronic correspondence and then meet by phone on July 9th
July Meeting - 2nd Thursday at (July 9th) 2:00 pm - Phone: 530-881-1212 meeting 868-782-442


  1. Welcome to the committee
  2. Brief discussion of where this group has been
  3. Where are we going? (that’s the $1M question)
    1. What’s our mission
    2. What does success look like
    3. How do we measure that success
    4. Follow guidelines of the Association DMIC?

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