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A Network Like Ours

Dear GARE Members, Partners, and Allies, 

It’s clear to us on staff that the focus of our work is you and your organizing efforts to pursue racial equity in government. From our newsletter, to our network portal, and programming, we will use all the tools at our disposal to welcome, weave, and deepen the connections within this network - to connect you to one another in ways that fortify all of us for the continued work ahead. Because, as Ambassador Susan E. Rice shared at the 2022 GARE Annual Membership Meeting, "Advancing equity is not a one-year project. It is a generational commitment." 

A commitment to instilling racial equity in government, at the best of times, is never easy. Still, as Marsha Guthrie of Palm Beach County 
reminds us that our values-infused network is what brings resolve, “During periods of distress, regression, those who are around truth, justice, and humanity, they come out on top.” 

A network like ours is one where we can learn with and from one another, in real-time. GARE members in Philadelphia, Austin, District of Columbia, Pittsburgh are all highlighted in Charting an Equitable Future: What Works Cities - Equity and Budgeting for Equity & Recovery Program, an outstanding compendium of racial equity approaches to budgeting and tax policy. It includes tools and sections like, “Beyond Across the Board Cuts: How Cities Can Apply an Equity Lens to Budget Cuts even Amidst Fiscal Crisis,” “Equity through Capital Improvements,” and more. This compiled work was developed by the Public Finance Initiative (PFI) at Harvard University, which is managed by Lourdes German. GARE staff are currently working with PFI on a project to help define standards for the field of Environmental, Social, and Governance investing so that they include racial equity in municipal bonds work. 

A network like ours is also one where we uplift each other. We are glad to celebrate Prince Corbett, Racial and Health Equity Administrator for Ramsey County, Minnesota, who has been awarded a Bush Foundation fellowship for his pursuit of building new coalitions to close wealth and income gaps in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN.  

Help us continue to spotlight, celebrate, and uplift the work that you and your colleagues are leading via the GARE Network Portal. We invite you to continue sharing inspiring resources, ask questions, and connect. 

All our best,  

Gordon and the GARE staff team 

New Member Spotlight: Illinois Governor's Office of Equity
Welcome the Illinois Governor’s Office of Equity, to the GARE Network! Sekile M. Nzinga PhD, MSW is the first Chief Equity Officer for the State of Illinois.

This is the Illinois Governor’s Office of Equity’s first year of existence. The office will focus on capacity building, change management, diversifying pipelines, union relations, and advancing equity within human resources. The office will also serve as a thought partner to statewide agencies, committees, commissions and task forces that are implementing legislation.

To learn more about the Illinois Governor’s Office of Equity, IL, please visit their website here
Job Opportunities

Various, GARE Network Member Jurisdictions (must view via the GARE Network Portal)
Tools & Resources
Will ARPA's Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Advance Racial Equity? (PolicyLink)
Confronting White Nationalism in Schools Toolkit (Western States Center)

Buzzing on the GARE Network Portal

A Collection of Racial Equity Plans, generously compiled and shared by Raúl Gonzalez.

Members seek examples of applying an equity lens to an urban forest plan, inclusion of environmental justice in developing utility rate structures, and case studies, stories, and outcomes as a result of an equity lens applied to a budget process. 

Have a resource to share in response? Please add it directly to the GARE Network Portal links above. If you are unable to access the GARE network portal because you are not an authorized member, you can also email it to with the subject line, "Resource for Network Sharing." 
Stay connected. The GARE Network Portal is an online community for employees of GARE member agencies to participate in discussions, learn about GARE member events, connect with other racial equity practitioners working in government, and share resources. If you are an employee of a GARE member jurisdiction and not yet registered for the Portal, please sign up here using your government-issued email address. Requests for an account are generally approved within 1-2 business days.
WATCH: 2022 GARE Annual Membership Meeting Highlights Reel 
2022 GARE Annual Membership Meeting - In Review
2022 GARE Annual Membership Meeting: Culture Kit
Events in the Field: 

Talking Data Equity
Weekly, Fridays from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

#RaceAnd: The Attack on Public Education
July 20, 2022 7:00 PM EST

ICMA: Equity Summit
July 28-29, 2022 7:00 PM EST

Facing Race
November 17-19, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ and online


GARE Member Events: 

GARE Libraries Networking Group
July 21, 2022 from 3:30 PM to 04:30 PM (ET)

GARE Chief Equity Officers Meeting
July 22, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (ET)

GARE Libraries Networking Group
August 3, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 02:00 PM (ET)

View & Discuss: "The Panola Project"
August 12, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (ET)

Monthly Membership Connection
August 22, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 04:30 PM (ET)

GARE Informational Session
August 23, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 02:00 PM (ET)

GARE Chief Equity Officers Meeting
August 26, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (ET)

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GARE Website

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