May 21, 2021 – Annual Membership Meeting Day 3
Description: Renowned author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Prosper Together Heather McGhee in conversation with racial equity leaders in local government. Ms. McGhee, former President of Demos has left a profound mark on both policy and narrative at intersection of racial justice and democracy. Her book challenges the zero-sum paradigm of racial competition and offer a vision of a future where we recognize that our fates are linked.
Texas Budget Equity Tools – 3 Lessons From 3 Cities
Session Description: Three different Offices of Equity in Texas have created and implemented different Budget Equity Tools across all of their respective Departments. All of the tools have different questions, scoring mechanisms, and completion processes. Join us to learn from these three Texas Offices of Equity, as they explore their successes, failures, and lessons learned from their Budget Equity Tools and processes and what changes that each City will make moving forward.
Leveraging Social Vulnerability Data for COVID Response and Beyond
Session description: In order to maximize the City’s efforts in serving communities of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Albuquerque’s Office of Equity & Inclusion uses mapping technology to focus relief efforts. OEI is now leveraging the use of the same base maps to inform decision-making in terms of capital infrastructure investments and in program planning as part of two landmark pieces of equity legislation. In this presentation the City of Albuquerque’s Race & Equity Data Analyst, Andrea Calderon; Native American Affairs Coordinator, Dawn Begay; and Director of Equity & Inclusion, Michelle Melendez will be covering three data-driven equity processes:
- Internal COVID-19 dashboard development & use for meals and eviction prevention;
- R-20-75 Legislation Strengthening City’s Commitment to Operationalizing Racial Equity;
- R-20-85 Legislation Adopting a Racial Equity Criterion to guide the City’s Capital Infrastructure Program policy Using disaggregated data, a national standard for mapping social determinants of health and learning from local communities, Albuquerque’s OEI began the hard work of what we hope becomes standard practice for program decision-making.
Please join us in learning about Albuquerque’s multi-agency, data and equity-driven response and program and project planning efforts, and share your city’s strategies, discussing lessons learned.
Sharing Power: Community-driven Planning to Advance RE
Session description: Ramsey County, MN has been in the process of re-imagining itself and its role in ending systemic racism while sharing power with community. During COVID-19 we created a COVID-19 Racial Equity and Community Engagement Response Team and a racial equity community advisory committee called “Equity Action Circle” (EAC), comprised of diverse community members who provide guidance to Ramsey County on COVID-19 racial equity priorities.
RECERT was supported by CARES funding and launched the following COVID-19 racial equity initiatives:
- Virtual Townhalls and Community Conversations
- Trusted Messengers
- Media and Messaging
- A Mask for Everyone
- Cultural Community Connectors
- Cultural Community Conversations
- Early Childhood Education
The EAC co-developed strategies and solutions in partnership with county leadership and RECERT to incorporate community identified priority areas to meet the unmet needs of racially and ethnically diverse residents. The EAC provided community input on proposed CARES projects and developed a set of recommendations in their identified priority areas which are:
- Family and youth
- Policy and practices
In this workshop we’ll share how members of RECERT and EAC were selected, highlights of these team’s work together, how a government jurisdiction is working to implement community recommendations and how this work is helping build our future racial equity framework while sharing power with community. Participants will find this interactive dialogue helpful to use in organizations they work with to advance racial equity.