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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Gilbert Arizona Mayor Names LDS Stake President to Diversity Task Force

GILBERT, ARIZONA -- Gilbert, Arizona mayor Cynthia Dunham named LDS Stake President John Lewis to a 42-member task force to tackle diversity in the town. Dunham released the names of the 42 Gilbert residents selected and mailed a letter to them on Thursday, calling in the letter for the group to meet on September 20th and to work towards a permanent diversity council for the town.

The mayor proposed the diversity task force and got unanimous approval from the town council for it in the wake of attacks by the White supremacist Devil Dog gang and before complaints that the Gilbert Unified School District favored Mormons and discriminated against minorities. But Dunham delayed forming the task force until after the school district finished its policy against racial harrassment, billed as the toughest in the state. The leaders of the school district's committee to write the new policy are among those on the task force.

Dunham asked Stake President Lewis, along with Chandler-Gilbert Community College president Arnette Ward to lead the group, suggesting that they needed to take a hard look at the changing population of the town. "Diversity is not something you can just hand over to a committee," Dunham said. "It has to come from the entire community."

Gilbert's mayor picks 42 for diversity task force
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 4Aug00 D1
By Edythe Jensen: The Arizona Republic

See also:

Mormons dispute favoritism in Gilbert

LDS Accused Of Bias In Arizona


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