Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department works to shape a city that is a great place to live, work, learn, and play where everyone can thrive without limitations imposed because of their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender identity, marital or familial status, immigration status, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, disability, nor any other individual identity. We serve City Management, City Departments, elected officials, and residents with the goal of advancing equity and inclusion and dismantle systemic inequities. We are committed to collaborating with community partners to facilitate a coordinated and innovative approach to this work. We look forward to working with you! Also, you can view the Diversity Awareness Calendar here. 

 Our Mission

Our mission is to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all internal functions of the City and throughout the community.

Diversity is expressed in many forms and includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing different characteristics like race and ethnicity, gender identity, age, socio-economic status, religion, political affiliation, physical and mental ability, personality, work-life issues, learning styles, etc.

Equity is the just and fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people across all systems (economic, healthcare, housing, education, workforce, environment, social and community). Equity is distinct from equality and fairness. Equitable environments address disparities and strive to eliminate unique and systemic barriers that have prevented the full participation of marginalized groups. Such environments are free from discrimination, harassment and bias.

Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, heard, and valued to fully participate.

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Cherie Jzar

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator

Our Approach


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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Action Plan

This Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Action Plan represents our organizations roadmap to guide our city work towards building a better, more inclusive future for Gastonia. This pivotal plan includes specific goals, measurable objectives, and actionable strategies that will help us create a more equitable and inclusive community. By the end of this 5 year commitment, our aim is not only to have met these goals but to also have fundamentally shifted the culture and operations of our city in favor of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In addition to outlining the key goals and measurable objectives, we also emphasize our commitment to transparency and accountability, with the creation of a DEI dashboard, regular reporting, and continuous dialogue with employees and community members.


Our Title VI Plan

The City has now created a Title VI Plan to implement its anti-discrimination policy. This plan establishes procedures for reporting violations and provides guidelines for the City, City Departments, private persons and companies doing business with the City and receiving federal financial assistance to follow. Adoption of this plan will ensure that The City of Gastonia is in compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plan is available in English and Spanish.


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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⟟ 181 S. South Street
Gastonia, NC 28052