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The time to address systemic inequality through deliberative equity programming in local government is now. Specifically, as events have shown, again and again, it is imperative to address racial inequity, in all facets of local government. As local governments sharpen their existing focus on social justice and racial equity or want to explore how to start, ICMA is hosting a 90-minute webinar on how to implement, manage, and maintain an equity-focused mindset in organizations.
The webinar will feature equity professionals in the local government, focusing on the present and future of equity work with ideas on challenges, experiences, and tools for how to build equity programs.
Topics we will cover:
- What is a chief equity officer?
- Implementing an equity focus with a small budget and staff
- Benefits of having an equity mindset in local government
- Challenges equity ambassadors overcome
- Getting support/resources (buy-in) from leadership (governing body, CAO, department heads, etc.)
- Doing this work in big and small communities
- Identifying your top equity issues (where are the biggest challenges)
- Overcoming community challenges (leadership is interested, but the public isn’t)
Jonathan Butler, Equity Manager, City of San Antonio, Texas
Anita Jones-McNair, Director of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Resources/Race and Equity Officer, Town of Carrboro, North Carolina
Karen Pinkos, ICMA Past President, City Manager, City of El Cerrito, Callifornia
Siri Russell, Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Albemarle County, Virginia