Understanding Racial Trauma and Healing presentation led by Racial Equity Coordinator Faith Jackson in January 2020.
City Council adopts new Racial Equity Business Plan
By Mayor Tim Busse
This fall the City Council reached a milestone on our work on one of our strategic priorities—equity and inclusion. We unanimously adopted the City’s first-ever Racial Equity Business Plan. The business plan outlines the goals, strategies, resource needs, and performance and accountability measures that will guide the City’s internal racial equity work over the next several years.
The four overarching strategies of the plan are:
- To have a workforce at the City of Bloomington that reflects the diversity of the community.
- To foster a culture that values and advances racial equity.
- To commit to racial equity in the design of our services and programs.
- To commit to authentic and equitable community engagement.
Over the last several years, I do believe we’ve made progress on the City Council’s strategic priority of advancing equity and inclusion, but without question there is so much more work to be done. While we recognize that there is no single thing that can be done to resolve centuries of racial inequality, we are committed to learning from the past and being intentional about moving this work forward to create a better future for everyone.
Read the plan online at blm.mn/replan in English, Spanish or Somali. Thanks to Racial Equity Coordinator Faith Jackson who developed this plan in consultation with our executive staff team and my City Council colleagues.
Residents feel the City and the community are welcoming to people of different backgrounds. We asked questions about this in the recent National Community Survey™. Seventy-five percent of respondents said the City does an excellent or good job at making all residents feel welcome; 72% rated the City positively at valuing and respecting residents from diverse backgrounds. However, only 61% positively rated the openness and acceptance of the community toward people of diverse backgrounds.
I think this reflects the concern people are feeling after a very difficult summer of civil unrest, protests, tension and demands for racial justice both locally and nationally. I have shared this concern and have been motivated to put renewed energy behind our equity and inclusion efforts.
We will amplify our efforts to create and support an inclusive culture that values and advances racial equity. We are committed to authentically engaging communities most affected by racial inequities and injustice in ways that foster shared learning, understanding and power. We will listen. We will learn. We will move this work forward.