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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]

Government Alliance on Race and Equity & County-wide Framework Update.

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.

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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