Racial equity in government

Overview

Historically, many local government policies, programs, and procedures systematically excluded residents of color. This institutional racism has contributed significantly to racial disparities in jobs, wages, wealth, and other measures of economic well-being. These inequities remain today and are often perpetuated by practices that appear to be race-neutral. To reduce racial disparities and make progress towards achieving racial equity, local governments can embed equity considerations into how they allocate and spend resources, design new programs and public services, and engage the public.

Evidence-based strategies

Incorporating equity considerations into the local government budgeting process
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Creating a more diverse and inclusive local government
Post-secondary education and workforce development
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Leveraging government procurement to improve public services and support small and minority- and women-owned businesses
Housing and community development
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Guiding government action using a racial equity lens
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Improving resident experience in learning about, applying to, and receiving aid
Financial security Health and well-being
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