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Working Toward Equity in Tacoma
Earlier this year the Tacoma City Council identified implementing a community and organizational equity and empowerment initiative as a top strategic objective for 2014. The intent is to develop the initiative with two parallel efforts: one internally facing, the other external.
Internally, the City would review its operations, looking for opportunities to improve equity and empowerment in its policies, programs, initiatives, workforce, and budget decisions.
Externally, the City would address issues around equitable access to its assets and services for residents, visitors, neighborhoods, and businesses.
An early draft document included in last week's City Council packet from the City manager and staff gave us a peek at some of the language that could define the initiative. (Download the City Manager's report below - find the equity and empowerment documents on pages 4 through 6.)
The document includes a list of guiding principles and intended outcomes.
- To lead with race in the effort to drive structural inclusion and equity for all groups including across gender, sexual orientation, ability and age.
- To address the structural components keeping inequity in place
- To engage those most impacted by potential changes to create the future together
- To keep a broad perspective of how inequity appears in our community
- To understand every interaction can create equity or inequity, and to strive for equity
Maybe it's a typo, but the first principle reads a little odd to us - the City is going to "lead with race" to drive inclusion and equity?
- Equitable access and proximity by residents of diverse income levels, race, ethnicity, and abilities, to community facilities, services and infrastructure.
- Partnerships that engage key community groups and stakeholders in activities to advance equitable access and proximity to facilities, services, and infrastructure.
- A clear commitment to equity in local government decision-making, activities, and investments.
- The City of Tacoma workforce will understand the difference between institutional and individual racism and have tools to eliminate both.
- A workforce that more effectively interacts with the community it serves because of its raised awareness of equity, including racial equity.
- A workforce within the City of Tacoma that reflects the community it serves
So, what do you think of the first draft of principles and outcomes? Do these cover the bases for equity?Download Now
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