Our Foundational Work

Dear GARE Members, Partners, and Allies,

Our network comes together to listen, learn, apply, and innovate how we advance racial equity through the everyday decisions and responsibilities we hold as stewards of public institutions. As Brookings recently recognized, our work -- your work, the work of racial equity practitioners in working in government -- has been "foundational work" that has influenced the "intensified" efforts to remake how government decisions are made following the 2020 mobilizations for racial justice, the largest in our nation's history.

We will continue our foundational work -- the building of a bigger we -- you, our community of racial equity practitioners working in government, who are transforming the institutions you work in so that everyone can live dignified, healthy, and joyful lives. 

This work does not and cannot happen in isolation. We have reorganized our staff and program infrastructure to support our foundational work: co-creating interconnectedness, community, and innovation. To that end, we are happy to announce GARE's two new programmatic teams, the Network Strategies team and the Transformative Strategies team

Both teams are member-driven, and will only thrive with your active engagement and participation. The Network Strategies team is led by Deputy Director of Network Strategies, Marsha Guthrie, and the Transformative Strategies team is led by Deputy Director of Transformative Strategies, Raintry Salk, PhD. 

We invite you to read more to learn how our new teams will continue to support your work, the work of our dynamic, laudable, and committed network.

Growing and transforming our shared infrastructure enables us to accelerate how we uplift, celebrate, and learn from each other's work, like the groundbreaking racial equity and climate action initiatives that are incorporated in the Carrboro Connects 2022-2042 Comprehensive PlanWe congratulate our colleagues, the racial equity practitioners working in the Town of Carrboro, GARE members since 2018, who were was recently awarded the Marvin Collins Award for Comprehensive Small Town Planning, with the hope that others in our network can listen and learn from their extensive and impressive community participation and engagement and efforts. 

Today, and always, and we invite you to share more about your victories, learnings, and accomplishments via the GARE Network Portal. Our network will gather at our final member event of the year to reflect and rejoice in community.

Thank you, 
Gordon F. Goodwin 
Senior Director, GARE
Stay connected. The GARE Network Portal is an online community for active racial equity practitioners working in GARE member agencies. 
Sign up here using your government-issued email address. Requests for an account are generally approved within 1-2 business days. 
Facing Race: A National Conference will be on November 17-19, 2022. In-person tickets are sold out. Please register for the online gathering by November 4th. Use the code FR22GARE to receive 10% off.

Our Network in the News

Town of Carrboro Wins Marvin Collins Award for Comprehensive Small Town Planning. The Daily Tar Heel.

To Achieve Racial Equity We Must Measure and Score Public Policies. Forbes.

Organizing for Racial Equity within the Federal Government. Nonprofit Quarterly. 
Tools & Resources
New Report: Keeping Promises While Keeping Score: Gauging the Impacts of Policy Proposals on Racial Equity. Brookings.
Learn More: State of Equity works on a National States Strategy for Racial Equity and more.
Learn More: Communities First is transforming how federal, state, and local governments invest public dollars in low-wealth, Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.
Practitioners and leaders in the federal government can read this report to learn the key actions and the challenges they will face as they embark on implementing racial equity strategies. 
Welcome New GARE Members

City of Tumwater, WA
United Government of Athens-Clark County, GA
City of San Buenaventura, CA
City and County of Denver Mayor's Office of Social Equity and Innovation, CO
Mahoning County, Public Health, OH
Canton City Public Health
City of Minnetonka
City of New Rochelle, NY
Franklin County Children's Services
Is your jurisdiction or agency interested in GARE Membership? Join the 400+ local and regional jurisdictions committed to advancing racial equity through government. Attend an upcoming information session, or submit an application here.
GARE Member Events
View details and register via the GARE member portal.
October 28 - GARE Chief Equity Officer Meeting
November 4Race-based Decision-making in Government
November 8GARE Steering Committee Meeting
November 15 - MPO Equity Working Group Meeting
November 17 - Working Together: Advancing Racial Equity Across Government , co-hosted by GARE, State of Equity, and FIRE

December 9 - GARE Celebrations - fill out the survey to share your reflections

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