Diversity and Inclusion

To Budget for Equity, Cities First Must Define Equity

COMMENTARY | Without a clear and shared definition of equity, city leaders cannot understand the underlying conditions that create existing disparities in their community, let alone make informed budget decisions that foster equity.

States and Localities Should Implement Equity Compliance Measures

COMMENTARY | As Americans increasingly demand equitable action from government officials, the ability to model, measure and map equity in real time paves the way for a new model of governing to address injustices.

In the Rush to Digital, Governments Can’t Leave Behind Cash Payers

COMMENTARY | As local and state governments embrace digital payment services, they must ensure that these services are equitable and accessible to all—including people who are unbanked or underbanked.

Building Trust in the Covid-19 Vaccine Among People of Color

COMMENTARY | Government and health care organizations must overcome understandable skepticism toward the vaccine among some minority groups. Following three basic communications practices can help.

Hiring a Chief Equity Officer? Here’s What You Need to Know

COMMENTARY | It’s a position that can come with tough challenges. City and county leaders should focus on three key actions to set their chief equity officers up for success.

Making Community Engagement More Accessible and Inclusive

COMMENTARY | The pandemic quickly shifted most community engagement to virtual arrangements, but not all citizens have ready access to online forums. Public officials can address inequities by finding alternative ways to gather valuable community input.

Inclusion Starts with Better Management—Here's What Employees Say about Making Diversity Work

COMMENTARY | To fully tap into the positive outcomes of diversity, organizations need to focus on inclusion.

California Bill Would Require Corporate Boards to Diversify

The measure would require at least one person from an underrepresented community to sit on the board of publicly held corporations in the state.

There Are Nine Finalists—and No Mosquitoes—for Mississippi's New State Flag

The state's flag previously featured the Confederate battle flag, widely considered a racist symbol. It was retired in June after nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd renewed calls to replace it.

Will George Floyd’s Death Actually Change How Cities and States Are Run?

COMMENTARY | Institutionalized racism has been an existential threat to the black community for centuries. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, it’s up to state and local leaders to usher in badly needed systemwide reform to end racial injustices.

COVID-19 Is Crushing Black Communities. Some States Are Paying Attention.

Black Americans are much more likely than whites to die of COVID-19.

State Legislation to End Hair Discrimination Gets a Mention at the Oscars

The winner of the animated short category mentioned the CROWN Act, a bill that prevents workplace and school discrimination against people with natural black hair.

Black Americans Mostly Left Behind by Progress Since Dr. King’s Death

COMMENTARY | Today’s black poverty rate of 21% is almost three times that of whites.

Children of Color Already Make Up the Majority of Kids in Many U.S. States

COMMENTARY | Between 2010 and 2018, the number of white children fell by 2.8 million, or 7.1%. In contrast, nonwhite children grew by 6.1%.

Some Mayors Are More Likely to Get Threats Than Others

New research shows that mayors who are younger, female, in strong mayor systems, and in larger cities are more likely to face abuse.

The Deferred Dream of an Equal Rights Amendment

Newly empowered Democrats are likely to make Virginia the final state needed to ratify the long-dormant ERA.

Midwest Cities Among the Worst Places to Live for African Americans

A new report finds that the Midwest has some of the highest racial disparities in the country across factors like education, employment, income, homeownership, and access to healthcare.

More States Say Goodbye to Columbus Day

The debate over the holiday has split more statehouses this year, growing heated as it touches on immigration, race and equality at a time when those issues increasingly divide the country.

Tackling the Teacher-Student Diversity Gap in K-12 Schools

A partnership between a university and three community colleges in California aims to create more bilingual teachers while also diversifying the state's teacher pool.