To support that commitment, the League started exploring ways to connect members to resources and educational opportunities that would strengthen their knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions, and build more equitable communities.
In August, the League hosted a webinar “Advancing Racial Equity: An Introduction
” in coordination with the National League of Cities (NLC) Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) Department, and in October, several sessions and a keynote panel on race and equity were part of the League Annual Conference & Expo programming.
Just this month, the League’s magazine Western City
developed a special “Advancing Equity” issue, highlighting local government efforts to disrupt systemic inequities in city policies and replace them with systems that are inclusive and fair. The November issue features stories from NLC on advancing racial equity in local government, from Long Beach on launching an Office of Equity, from South San Francisco on developing equity solutions tailored to their community, and from Salinas on creating a “Vibrancy Plan” for the underserved Alisal community.
The League’s new Advancing Equity
webpage will be not only a one-stop shop for city officials to browse the collection of learning opportunities that the League develops, but also provide links to other foundational resources from trusted partners.
The list of resources and learning opportunities will continue to grow as we deepen our knowledge and breadth in this space and strive to support cities in strengthening their capacity to build more equitable communities.
Please continue to visit the webpage as we add additional resources, let us know what you think, and direct any questions to email@example.com