As 2022 winds to a close, we look back at the year with appreciation for the work and accomplishments of racial equity practitioners in GARE member jurisdictions. Our network worked diligently to advance racial equity, and highlighted hallmarks of the GARE approach to support their progress towards making cities, counties, and communities more racially just.
Member jurisdictions celebrated changes in local and regional calendars to reflect racial justice holidays like Juneteenth and Indigenous People's Day. They also adopted community engagement efforts to include community voice in setting priorities for the disbursement of ARPA funds, annual budgets, and in the creation of community development plans. Member jurisdictions have updated and improved language access, translation and interpretation services, and departments are using racial equity impact assessments to evaluate policies, practices, and procedures. Additionally, member jurisdictions highlighted how racial equity offices, staffing and resourcing for racial equity work has grown. Racial equity work plans, impact plans, tasks forces, deep community engagement and partnerships have laid strong foundations for the new year.
Our network thrives when we reflect and rejoice in community. We are stronger when share, connect, and grow together. The smiles, joy, and insights shared at our final member gathering earlier this month light the way forward for our network's practitioner-led future. We hope racial equity practitioners in GARE member jurisdictions will continue to add to the member celebrations discussion thread in the GARE Network Portal.