Holland City Council to consider becoming an 'inclusive city'

The City of Holland is looking at becoming an inclusive city.

HOLLAND, MICH. - What does it mean to be an inclusive city? It's a question the city of Holland is trying to answer. 

"We want to help bring some of the conversation and dialogue related to inclusion and equity to the forefront, certainly some of whats going on on the national level has sort of filtered down to Holland," said Tim Marroquin.

Marroquin is part of the city's Human Relations Commission and is spearheading a request for Holland to become an 'inclusive city,' which is a city that provides services to anyone equally no matter their identity, beliefs or opinions. 

"I believe the city of Holland does well in many aspects but at the same time we need to think about being proactive on the issues that may not be visible to everyone but are certainly are in the community," Marroquin said.

Holland City Council will consider the request at Wednesday's study session slated for 5:30 p.m. 

While Marroquin wouldn't give details on the exact issues some in the community face, he feels its a proposal that would accommodate all. 

"It doesn't promote, it doesn't negate a particular 'ism,' if you will. Racism, ageism, classism--the purpose is that we're all a part of this great community but at the same time, lets evaluate how we're doing and how we can make improvement. 

Holland City Council study sessions are open to the public, however public comment is limited. 

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