Advancing Racial Equity and Transforming Government

The toolkit by GARE shares the stories and lessons learned from local government leaders across the country who have built (and continue to build) racial equity strategies. We have seen success with advancing racial equity and government transformation with the following six strategies: (1) Using a racial equity framework, (2) Building organizational capacity, (3) Implementing racial equity tools, (4) Being data-driven, (5) Partnering with other institutions and communities, (6) Communicating and act with urgency.

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Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships

Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) is comprised of employers from a range of industries across the nation who are concerned about our nation’s skills gap, who are working with local partners to train and hire community residents for skilled jobs, and who want our country’s policymakers to follow suit and invest, aggressively and effectively, in the skills of America’s workers. BLU provides a common platform from which these diverse business leaders can jointly communicate to national policymakers, the press and the American public about the effective industry-based strategies they’ve developed which could serve as models for a more comprehensive national skills policy.

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Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP): Racial Equity Analysis and Resources

Policy solutions that dismantle structural and institutional racism and recognize individuals as assets to their communities and the country.

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The Cost of Segregation

The Metropolitan Planning Council, together with Urban Institute and a team of regional policy advisers, analyzed segregation patterns in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country and found that segregation is not only an issue in low-income communities or communities of color. Everyone pays a price, measured in lost income, lives and education. 

Equitable and Inclusive Growth Strategies for American Cities

America needs a new growth model— a model of economic growth that is truly inclusive. This chapter points to initiatives that embody an equity-driven growth model: workforce development and training strategies that connect workers to jobs and opportunities; regional economic development strategies that link local workforce, housing,and community development efforts; anchor- based efforts that engage in community partnerships to create positive social and economic impact; and entrepreneurship initiatives that foster and support the creation, innovation, and expansion of local business.

Equitable Development as a Tool to Advance Racial Equity

This guide by GARE outlines a policy framework fleshed out with equitable development strategies and accompanying best practices that local governments have adopted to address the historical and current context of inequity. Cutting across all these strategies is the need for citywide equitable growth policies and targeted investments that both explicitly aim to achieve measurable outcomes tracked over time.

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Fostering an Inclusive Metropolis: Equity, Growth, and Community

This chapter reviews both some suggestive quantitative results and a wide range of cases that are part of an ongoing project to understand real-world causal mechanisms that link social equity and sustained economic growth. The interest here is to shift the focus from particular policy mechanisms—such as better workforce development systems or more attention to placing transit in low-income neighborhoods—to underlying social, political, and economic processes, not just policies, that may contribute to both social equity and economic growth.

Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Racial Equity Toolkit

This Tools and Resources page includes:

  • Materials from GARE events, including national and regional convenings and webinars
  • Issue papers that describe topics and approaches that have impact, as well as examples from cities and counties that provide the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.
  • Tools for racial equity, including a Racial Equity Tool from the Alliance that captures an overall approach to integrating racial equity into routine decision making, as well as examples from GARE’s cohort of jurisdictions at the forefront of racial equity
  • Videos that tell the stories of GARE’s work

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From Jim Crow Jobs to Employment Equity

This report by the Center for Social Inclusion reflects on the legacy of Jim Crow laws and their impact on jobs for people of color, and offers concrete solutions to address racial inequities in the workforce.

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Measuring Change in Disproportionality and Disparities: Three Diagnostic Tools

At present there are few examples of sustained reductions in disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. This article describes the use of three instruments that have been used to measure levels of racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparities: The Disproportionality Diagnostic Tool, Ecomap and Racial Equity Scorecard. Using a combination of community and public agency data, these tools measure and track change over time on racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparities.