Diversity and Inclusion Commission

Elk Grove Proclaims it's "No Place for Hate"

On September 28, 2016, the Elk Grove City Council first proclaimed Elk Grove as "No Place for Hate" and presented a Proclamation to the members of the Diversity and Inclusion Commission. Read the Proclamation. On October 25, 2017, the Elk Grove City Council reaffirmed their commitment to the city's "No Place for Hate" proclamation. View the 2017 Proclamation.

Learn more about the City's 2017 Humanity campaign

Learn about diversity, equity and inclusion at the City of Elk Grove

Commission Members

The Elk Grove City Council formally established the ten member Multicultural Committee on September 14, 2011. On July 10th, 2019 the City Council dissolved the Multicultural Committee and in its place, established the Diversity and Inclusion Commission with modified tasks and objectives. Diversity and Inclusion Commission members are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, pursuant to Elk Grove Municipal Code Chapter 1.03

Diversity and Inclusion Commission Roster:

Name Position
Dr. Bhavin Parikh Chair
Jessica Carter Vice Chair
Arjumand S. Azeemi Commissioner
Mohinder Singh Commissioner
Jinky Dolar Commissioner
Rev. Dr. Raymond L. Hess III Commissioner
Tina Lee-Vogt  Commissioner
Gurjatinder Randhawa Commissioner
Dr. R. Ashok Shankar Commissioner
Kristofer J. Tan, MBA Commissioner


Third Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m.


Elk Grove City Hall
Council Chambers
8400 Laguna Palms Way
Elk Grove, CA 95758

For meeting changes, please view Agendas and Minutes.

Tasks and Objectives

The scope of the City of Elk Grove Diversity and Inclusion Commission will focus around the three tenets of Education/Promotion, being Ambassadors, and providing Council feedback. Diversity is defined as the entire range of human differences that includes, but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, and national origin. Inclusion puts the concept of diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection.

Educations and Promotion

  • Serve as a resource for City government and the community by providing information, education, and communication that facilitates a better understanding and celebrates our differences
  • Provide education regarding the community’s overall diversity
  • Periodically work with City departments to assist with existing events and activities


  • Engage the community as Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors to solicit feedback and information, which in turn, will be provided back to the City
  • Assist the City in supporting and working with all areas of government and the community to eliminate and prevent all forms of discrimination, hate or bias

Council Feedback

  • Provide recommendations and information to the City Council that would identify opportunities to address issues of diversity, promote diversity programs, and/or provide guidance to create a more equitable, accessible, safe, welcoming and inclusive government and community
  • Advise the City Council on best practices for conducting outreach to a diverse community
  • Make recommendations to the City Council on new events and activities that are appropriate and relevant for the community
  • Evaluate and provide recommendations to the City Council regarding Sister City applications
  • Provide recommendations to the City Council on other matters within the Commission’s jurisdiction

Contact Information

Diversity and Inclusion Commission

Public Affairs Manager, City Hall

Kristyn Laurence

Email or (916) 478-3632

Public Information Officer, Police Department

Jason Jimenez

Email or (916) 627-3709

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