Racial Equity and Inclusion
Racial equity is the pursuit of fairness and justice in policy, programs, and practices so racial inequities are eliminated. The City of Bloomington is committed to investigating how longstanding systems, policies, and practices create and sustain racial disparities in our communities.
In 2017, the City Council adopted a racial equity vision statement that reads: “The City of Bloomington will act courageously to advance Racial Equity. We will be a vibrant, safe, and healthy place where people of all races thrive.” Equity and inclusion are also one of the City Council's strategic priorities.
In 2019 the City hired a full-time Racial Equity Coordinator. The Racial Equity Coordinator is responsible for integrating race and equity principles into all operations, projects and services of the City. The coordinator will accomplish this through the application and integration of best practices, training City staff, and tracking and measuring outcomes.
The City is also making progress in recruiting and hiring a more diverse workforce. Of nearly 150 individuals hired for full-time City positions since January 2016, 21% identify themselves of as persons of color. Having a workforce that reflects the community we serve builds connections, enhances trust and expands perspectives, which ultimately results in better service to all residents.