The City of Marion is seeking input from residents to help identify community strengths and challenges related to racial justice, inclusion and equity.
The Community Equity and Inclusion Survey, available at www.polco.us/MarionIA, is designed to help community leaders understand the experiences of residents from all walks of life.
“Important conversations around race and equity are happening in our community,” said Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly. “This survey is one tool that we are using to better understand individual experiences and hear from a diverse cross-section of our residents.”
The survey asks residents about issues such as community safety, fairness, respect, and how welcome they feel.
“We want to hear about the experiences of our community members, particularly the underrepresented voices,” said City Manager Lon Pluckhahn. “What we find out through this process will help us understand if there are unintended consequences of local policies and work to bring about positive change.”
The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and will remain active through the end of August. Answers are completely confidential and survey results will be reported in group form only. The data will be reviewed and analyzed by City staff, community leaders and Marion’s Civil Rights Commission.
At the end of the survey, participants have the option to create an account on Polco. Survey data is retained either way but registering allows for notification of future research efforts. Polco will never share personal information.