Hayward is a community of inclusive growth and opportunity, where families and individuals are welcome to create their future stories and can be confident in knowing their life chances and outcomes will not be determined by political affiliation, economic status, place of origin, immigration status, religion, age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, or other personal characteristics. We are a city where community members can be confident that their public safety, elected, and appointed officials will work diligently to create pathways for civic engagement that reflect the rich diversity in Hayward.
We are at a defining moment for our community. We have chosen to embrace this opportunity to declare where we, the Hayward community, stand and how we intend to move forward. The City of Hayward, among the most diverse cities in the nation, remains the Heart of the Bay and where there remains No Room for Racism.
In January 2017, the Hayward City Council created a Community Task Force to address community concerns about immigration and human and civil rights that arose after the 2016 elections. The Community Task Force was charged with updating Hayward’s 1992 Anti-Discrimination Action Plan and developing new recommendations to address current social challenges.
On November 28, 2017, the task force presented The Commitment for an Inclusive, Equitable, and Compassionate Community, a re-imagining of the Anti-Discrimination Action Plan that provides a road map for proactively making Hayward a safe and welcoming place for people of different backgrounds and experiences.