Leading with Equity: One Citys Journey November 15,
Leading with Equity: One Citys Journey November 15, 2019 Stacy Stout, Director of Equity & Engagement Patti Caudill, Diversity & Inclusion Manager CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS EQUITY
JOURNEY Leading for equity means being systemically and historically aware. Grand Rapids Narrative on race from the Anishinaabe to present day. CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS EQUITY JOURNEY 1953 Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission
formed via an ordinance 1976 Office of Community Relations (later Diversity and Inclusion) created 1976 MWBE Construction program began CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS EQUITY JOURNEY 1993 Grand Rapids adds LGBTQI+ protection to Ordinance
2004 MWBE Construction program changed to race/gender neutral program 2014 2015 several articles and studies outline the economic disparities that continue to exist in Grand Rapids based on race CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS EQUITY JOURNEY February 2016 State of the City Address
May 2016 Racial Equity Here (REH) multi-city cohort with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) - Internal work to operationalize equity into all City decisions, policies and services (including buildings) Top Elected and Administrative Officials onboard GOVERNMENTS ROLE Race Matters
We arent just talking about individual acts of bigotry, we are talking about institutions and systems that perpetuate inequity. We are all a part of institutions and systems. We have a responsibility (and an excellent opportunity) for advancing racial equity VALUES AND REALITIES All men are created equal
With liberty and justice for all Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. UNEQUAL OPPORTUNITY RACE The Unequal Opportunity Race GOVERNMENT & RACIAL EQUITY
Government had a key role in creating systems and policies that contributed to inequities. We have a responsibility and awesome opportunity to address them. GOVERNMENT & RACIAL EQUITY Racial Equity is both a condition and an approach. Racial equity is achieved when ones race or ethnicity
does not predict ones success, while also improving outcomes for all. To do so, we have to 1) target strategies to focus improvements for those worse off and 2) move beyond services and focus on changing policies, institutions and structures. It is also the approach to analyze decisions through a series of questions outlined in the GARE Toolkit.
GOVERNANCE QUESTIONS www.racialequityalliance.org 1. Proposal: What is the policy, program, practice or budget decision under consideration? What are the desired results and outcomes? 2. Data: What is the data? What is the data disaggregated by race and ethnicity? What does the data tell us? 3. Community Engagement: How have communities been engaged? Are there opportunities to expand engagement? 4. Analysis and Strategies: Who will benefit from or be burdened by the
proposal? What are your strategies for advancing racial equity or mitigating unintended consequences? 5. Implementation: What is your plan for implementation? 6. Accountability and Communication: How will you ensure accountability, communicate, and evaluate results? CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS EQUITY JOURNEY How are we going to lead
CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS EQUITY JOURNEY Racial Equity Vision Statement The City of Grand Rapids believes in and relies on racial equity values to eliminate structural racism to ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes in our community now and in the future. Racial Equity Mission Statement
The City of Grand Rapids works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure racial justice, equity and inclusion exist in our programs, services, policies and facilities. EQUITY IN STRATEGIC PLAN EQUITY IN STRATEGIC PLAN
CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS EQUITY JOURNEY Normalizing National Equity Project (NEP) training with Top Management and key staff Mayoral Grand Rapids Racial Equity Initiative Equity budget pilot in FY 2018 and FY 2019 Budget Equity Champions identified in all areas of
Strategic Plan Training curriculum for Equity CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS EQUITY JOURNEY Operationalize Embedded the REH Plan into the Citys Strategic Plan Expanded Equity into full budget process
Equity is an official value of the City HireReach pilot in Human Resources Equitable Economic Strategic Planning Process Develop with Us Pilot for Community Engagement CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS EQUITY JOURNEY Operationalize Transitioning Diversity and Inclusion operations into the
Executive Office Creating Community Engagement and Equity Framework to be used throughout the City Created and launching a new Human Rights Ordinance which includes Bias Crime Reporting clause Investing in resident leadership through the lens of equity CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS EQUITY
JOURNEY Operationalize Ensure outcomes in the Strategic Plan by embedding equity throughout City operations. Disaggregating all data by: Race, ethnicity, gender identity, neighborhood and geography
CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS EQUITY JOURNEY Organize Equity Champions for Strategic Plan Elevated equity and D&I to the Executive Office Caution: Invest in this for faster and more sustained progress. Build the bench.
WHO ARE YOUR SPARK PLUGS Primary: Sparkplugs are everywhere but they dont always hold formal positions of power. They are early adopters and natural advocates, catalyzing racial equity work and sustaining it when its challenged. Optimistic, visionary and tenacious, they work at all levels of government, lead community groups and are unspoken advocates.
From the GARE Communication Guide, 2018 WHO ARE YOUR SPARK PLUGS Secondary: The Decisionmakers have the platforms, resources and influence to accelerate racial equity their active leadership is critical We aim to give decision makers the tools they need to be effective advocates. Results-oriented, resourceful and under political pressure, decision-makers hold authorities, but have competing pressures
so may be more challenging to access, engage, and secure as champions. From the GARE Communication Guide, 2018 WHO ARE YOUR CAUTIOUS ALLIES The Cautious Ally: Hidden within the ranks, many allies-in-waiting exist. Hardworking, justiceoriented, but perhaps disillusioned, they may be apathetic or skeptical because of the legacy of
racial inequity, the immensity of the task ahead, or memories of prior failed attempts. Sparkplugs or decision-makers are best suited to encourage and sustain this person. Once collectively engaged, this audience accelerates organizational change. From the GARE Communication Guide, 2018 WHO ARE YOUR SPARK PLUGS Take a moment and begin to identify the Spark
Plugs in your organization PEAKS Progressive and supportive Mayor, Commission and Manager Had LEAN evaluation muscle memory Timing of the project and the grant (REH) REH Team had top people and framed the work around our values City within a City released and used as the 1st Book of the Year by Mayor Bliss + Community Book Club Conversations
WKKF priority city Irrefutable data Outside articles, public comments, social media and strategic supporters VALLEYS One dedicated individual to be the thread that pulls it all together Dedicated resources for equity work Internal and external communication and engagement plans
Common understanding of equity to avoid co-opting the movement Spark Plugs do not necessarily equate to being trainers Do the landscape to figure out what has been done as precursors to equity in your organization Didnt recognize and celebrate small and large wins dont wait to be perfect to celebrate CONVERSATION Q&A
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