Join us in Los Angeles!

Advancing Racial Equity:
The Role of Government Workshop

Los Angeles — October 26, 9:00am to 4:30pm

The “Advancing Racial Equity: the Role of Government” workshop will provide an introduction to the role, responsibilities and opportunities for government to advance racial equity with a focus on national best practices.

Section I: 9 to 2:45 PM

The first part of the workshop will examine the opportunity for government transformation and the advancement of racial equity in our communities. How can we normalize racial equity as a key value, operationalize racial equity via new policies and institutional practice, and organize, both internally and in partnership with other institutions and the community? We will provide shared terminology and introduce a racial equity tool that can be used in decisions relating to policies, practices, programs and budget.

The workshop will be led by:

Nelson and Harris were instrumental to the success of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative and the launching of the Governing for Racial Equity Network in the Northwest. GARE and CSI are currently working with cities and counties across the country to leverage the power of government to advance racial equity and increase success for all our communities.

Section II: 3 to 4:30 PM

The second part of the workshop will be a joint session with Local Progress, a network of hundreds of local elected officials from around the country committed to a strong economy, equal justice, livable cities, and effective government.

This joint session will feature a keynote presentation by Deepa Iyer on “Our Multiracial Future: Thoughts for Government.” Deepa’s first book, “We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future,” is forthcoming from The New Press in November 2015. The book is centered on how communities are resisting the forces of xenophobia, Islamophobia and racial anxiety as our nation undergoes a significant demographic transformation.

After Deepa’s keynote, she will facilitate a panel discussion with representatives of Local Progress and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity on changing demographics and the opportunity for elected and appointed officials and government staff to advance racial equity.

If you work for government or with government, this is the workshop for you.

Registration fee is $50 (includes light breakfast and lunch).

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Director's update
Dante J. James
Bureau Director

I am pleased to announce that in a historic move, City Council voted last month to adopt a set of Racial Equity Goals and Strategies as binding city policy. The Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR) developed the goals to be concise and specific.

The strategies to achieve the goals were created in partnership with The Government Alliance on Race and Equity, which includes jurisdictions from around the country who are collectively identifying best practices to achieving racial equity.
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