The City of Roseville has taken great strides to incorporate consideration of equity into all aspects of operations and decision-making, and Dan has supported all of these efforts from the beginning.
Several years ago, at the initiation of the Council, City staff participated in the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) program in order to begin to gain a better understanding of how race and equity intersects with city business.
Based on the findings of the GARE work, the City hired the consultant Culture Brokers to help develop and implement plans to incorporate an equity lens into City policies and decision-making. At about that same time, recognizing the need to place equity at the heart of the organization’s work, the City hired our Equity and Inclusion Manager, Thomas Brooks.
As a result of the work of Culture Brokers and Mr. Brooks, the City is in year 1 of implementing its Strategic Racial Equity Action Plan, with concrete objectives to improve opportunities for employment and volunteer service in the City for all, re-thinking processes and removing barriers throughout the organization and what we do. As plans are accomplished, the Action Plan can be updated and new objectives added, so that it can be a “living” document to guide the City into the future and keep equity centered in all the City does.
One important part of these Equity efforts has been the development of a Racial Equity Toolkit that helps to standardize consideration of equity issues in City decision making. The Toolkit is just beginning to be used in its ongoing development, and is already making a positive difference in the City’s work.
It is important to note that while racial equity has been the initial focus of this work, that is intentional due to the notable and historic achievement opportunity gaps based on race, but the intent from the beginning has been to consider equity across areas in addition to race, such as ability, age, gender, sexual preference, and economic status, among others.