The Town of Carrboro (population 21,544) is located in Orange County and is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill combined statistical area. At the time of the 2016 ACS Survey, 29.1% of the population was non-white. The Town of Carrboro is in the beginning stages of developing a comprehensive racial equity initiative. To begin this journey staff prepared a report including how various departments create a welcoming and inclusive environment that enhances the overall social, physical and mental well-being of our community. It was determined that each department is incorporating equitable practices and procedures, but in varied ways. On October 9, 2018 the Carrboro Board of Aldermen voted to become a member of GARE in order to standardize and further this work. Most department heads have taken a racial equity training and continually work to utilize the information and skills gained from that training.
Anita Jones-McNair and Rebecca Buzzard have teamed up to help move the racial equity initiative forward. Anita Jones-McNair is the Recreation and Parks Director. During her tenure she has served in various capacities and worked on a broad spectrum of special projects. She works with committees, the school district, and numerous organizations and businesses to brainstorm and implement collaborative opportunities for the Carrboro/Orange County community. One main focus that remains constant is enriching the leisure needs and quality of life for citizens by providing accessible facilities, creative and diverse recreation opportunities and a safe public park system. Her career experience includes academia, local government, serving on a grass roots equity task initiative and providing opportunities to people of all ages. She has her Masters in Recreation Administration and Supervision and certifications in leadership and municipal administration. Rebecca Buzzard, Project Manager, works closely with the Town Manager to implement policies set by the Board of Aldermen. Her work varies widely and includes managing the Town’s affordable housing program, serving as a staff liaison to various committees, creating a bi-monthly Town projects update report for the Board, and making sure that local policies are executed effectively and efficiently. She has her Master’s in Public Administration and throughout her career has focused on fostering equitable practices in both the non-profit and local government spheres.