In 1995, the Hampton City Council appointed a group of citizens to look at diversity issues within the city. Two years and several studies later, this group, called the Citizens' Unity Commission I, recommended that the city establish an ongoing community based advisory group to carry this group's diversity work forward. Since that time, a city department has developed and it works in partnership with two, citizen-based commissions: Citizens' Unity Commission (CUC) and Citizens Engagement Advisory and Review Commission (CEARC); the Citizens' Unity Commission (CUC) is the "proactive arm" and Citizens Engagement Advisory and Review Commission (CEARC) is the "reactive arm."
The original mission for the Citizens' Unity Commission was to foster racial and cultural harmony for the citizens of Hampton. Gradually our mission was changed to meet the vision of the City of Hamptons' Community Plan of Healthy Diverse Community.
Latiesha D. Handie, Executive Director & LGBTQ Liaison to the City Manager, implements and directs programs that promote awareness, inspire mutual respect, and increase education on diversity, unity, and inclusion, in the City of Hampton. In this role, she serves an accessible and friendly ear to the citizens of Hampton and reports to the City Manager’s Office on diverse & inclusive related issues and concerns.