Diversity & Inclusion
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will ensure the DCA’s actions and committees proactively and consistently advance our mission to build an inclusive, equitable, and diverse neighborhood.
Statement of Commitment
The DCA acknowledges and regrets Dilworth’s shameful history of restrictive property covenants. We are committed to an ongoing, intentional practice of introspection and understanding in order to use our collective power to actively create equity and social transformation.
The Diversity and Inclusion committee will strive to cultivate a community where all feel welcome, respected, and valued. We will work to enrich Dilworth’s diversity of age, gender, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and education; we will embrace and celebrate a broader spectrum of perspectives, experiences, and cultures.
Initiatives & Objectives
Provide learning opportunities about Dilworth’s history as it relates to systemic racism to encourage understanding and acknowledgement of privilege and oppression.
Create and publicize events that celebrate different cultures, ethnicities, and nationalities
Build Bridges with Diverse Neighborhood
Attend other community meetings to learn and better understand those communities’ experiences and issues.
Invite other neighborhood leaders to our meetings.
Cultivate partnerships and ongoing relationships with those communities.
Encourage Greater Diversity of Dilworth Residents
Nurture and promote a culture of inclusivity and equity.
Work with relocation teams, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, and other economic development groups to market Dilworth to all homebuyers.
Explore Opportunities to Establish Greater Range of Housing Options
Begin research and discussions with local government, affordable housing coalitions, and subject experts to identify possible housing solutions for Dilworth.
We welcome input from the community. Please send any suggestions, questions, or feedback here.
Response to Recent Media Coverage
Dilworth is a historic district and the neighborhood has been concerned about saving the Leeper & Wyatt building since the property owner filed for demolition on December 8, 2021. Subsequently the DCA has collaborated with 3 different developers in an effort to save the historic building. Since we began working with the petitioner the DCA has consistently maintained that we want to save the building and abide by the ordinance. The DCA and the Dilworth neighbors support saving the Leeper & Wyatt building.
The petition presented at the Council Hearing on Monday, September 18 did not include the technical revisions required by Planning Staff per the UDO. The language regarding the 10 leased off-site parking places was unenforceable. The DCA's request on Monday night was simply to include lease language that is enforceable. The DCA has not opposed any other exception requested by the petitioner and is asking the petitioner to continue to cooperate with us and the Planning Staff in order to save the Leeper & Wyatt building.