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File #: [21-0005]    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Filed
File created: 12/9/2020 In control: Town Council
On agenda: 1/6/2021 Final action: 1/6/2021
Title: Government Alliance on Race and Equity & County-wide Framework Update.
Attachments: 1. Draft Staff Presentation, 2. GARE Racial Equity Tool Kit, 3. Staff Presentation, 4. Council Questions with Staff Response
Related files: [21-0561]


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Government Alliance on Race and Equity & County-wide Framework Update.
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Staff:
Department:
Rae Buckley, Director, Organizational and Strategic Initiatives
Manager's Office
Sarah Osmer Vi?as, Assistant Director
Housing and Community

Overview: This memorandum provides information about staff participation in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) program. The memorandum also shares the County-wide Racial Equity Framework for Council feedback and direction.


Recommendation(s):
That the Council receive this report and provide feedback on the Racial Equity Framework and proposed next steps.

Town Commitment to Equity and Inclusion
* The Town Council identified equity as an overarching priority that should be considered in all goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan. Racial equity is also a cornerstone of the Town's Community Connections Strategy, our framework for equitable engagement.
* Additionally, the Town has intentionally focused on building out a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program over the last several years, in response to Council's interest in this area.

Overview of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Program
* The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is a national network of government agencies working to advance racial equity. GARE brings together governments throughout the country to provide racial equity training and racial equity tools, sharing best practices, peer-to-peer learning, and academic resources to help strengthen work across jurisdictions. For additional information, see the attachment.
* The foundation of the GARE approach is using a Racial Equity Tool to inform and guide decision-making and resource allocation. A document about the Racial Equity Tool is attached to this memorandum.
* Orange County, Carrboro and Chapel Hill are enrolled with six other North Carolina municipalities in the 2020-21 GARE Learning Community. This is a program that uses training and team projects ...

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