On April 2, 2018, the Columbia City Council unanimously passed a resolution affirming and adopting the Principles of Community for the City of Columbia. Principles of Community is an aspirational statement and pledge that reflects the ideals we seek and embodies the City’s commitment to creating a community that’s inclusive of all citizens who have differing perspectives, identities and lived experiences.
These Principles of Community reflect the City’s vision that Columbia is the best place for everyone to live, work, learn and play.
We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.
We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and our organizations. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.
We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, diverse ability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias, and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.
We pledge our collective commitment to incorporate these principles into the City of Columbia mission.