Increase Diversity of Elected Officials
Having diversity of elected officials, usually called "descriptive representation," happens when the race, gender, ethnicity, etc. of elected officials reflect the constituent base that it represents. Achieving this balance has been cited in research as an important characteristic for increasing the likelihood that the diverse array of interests of the constituents throughout the city is considered in decision making. This indicator, while doing better than in 2012, the first time it was collected, has remained relatively flat. In 2016, however, we began making PROGRESS toward our 2020 goal.
Call to Action:
- Learn more about SA2020 partners, then give your time, talent, energy, or dollars to one (or more).
- Vote and encourage others to vote and become involved in government.
- Get involved in the political process. Get to know your local and state representatives: State Representatives, City Council Representatives, and Bexar County Commissioners.
- Attend City Council meetings, other community meetings, and Town Halls. Ask questions and make suggestions to our leaders for the benefit of our communities.
- Help register people to vote.
- Use Citizens to be Heard at the City and County meetings in a way that helps communicate issues to the elected members.
- Run for local office.
- Join your neighborhood association or homeowners’ association and participate in grassroots organized civic involvement.
- Attend one of the many and diverse sources of leadership training in the community:
- Serve on a City board or commission.
- Serve on County board or commission.
- Become familiar with the Diversity and Inclusion Office in the City of San Antonio.
Updated December 2016
Corporations are another important part of our cycle of community change. Visionworks, a leading national eye care provider, is based in downtown San Antonio and commits both time and resources to increasing Civic Engagement in our community. Visionworks understands the value of an engaged, aware workforce and to that end strongly supports Leadership San Antonio (LSA). Some of Visionworks’ own leadership were members of LSA classes, which provides a forum for leaders across San Antonio to come together and discuss the issues, challenges, and problems facing our community—and then assume leadership roles to try to solve them. In addition to encouraging employees to participate in programs like this, Visionworks also promotes service and philanthropy within the company. In 2016, Visionworks served SA2020 Partners Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, SAMMinistries, and San Antonio Food Bank. An impressive 75% of employees participated in the company’s volunteer program in 2016. We’re so glad to have a successful company like Visionworks helping to cultivate inspired and effective leaders in San Antonio.