August 2015

Apology Offered for Destruction of Historic African American Neighborhood

On July 17, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman joined members of the African American community in a ceremony to remember, reconcile and restore feelings of loss and anger over the destruction 50 years ago of the historic Rondo neighborhood to make way for the interstate highway.

Mayor Coleman delivered a formal apology for the destruction of the Rondo neighborhood, acknowledging the pattern of structural racism evident in the decision to route Interstate 94 through the neighborhood in the name of “urban renewal.”
Read About Rondo Ceremony

The Job Assistance Ordinance: Expanding Opportunity for Workers in Seattle

Having a criminal background can be a major barrier in accessing employment. A recent ordinance in the City of Seattle places limits on how employers can use conviction and arrest records for jobs within Seattle city limits. The Ordinance aims to increase employment opportunities, which will reduce recidivism, address impacts resulting from racial disparities within the criminal justice system and strengthen the community.
Read About Job Assistance Ordinance
Saint Paul Public Library creates resource listings on race

The Saint Paul Public Library, whose entire staff went through the City’s Foundations of Racial Equity training in May, has created an online list of books, poems, articles, films, blog posts, and other resources exploring race in the United States. The Library is building the resource list using a crowd-sourcing approach, started first by asking Library staff for contributions, but designed to grow over time with suggestions from others.
Resources on Race
Hiring: Equity Research Evaluation Analyst

The Office of Diversity and Equity works to ensure access, equity and inclusion in our services, policies, practices and procedures.

This position leads the design and planning of evaluation for projects in Multnomah County, with a specific emphasis on utilizing quantitative and qualitative research methodologies focused on racial equity.
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