Planning and Governing for Racial Equity

You'll learn about:

  • How to normalize conversations about equity and increase shared understanding

  • A racial-equity tool that you can use in development and review of policies and practices and an equity-action plan template

  • Case studies from Salinas, Calif., and Seattle, Wash., that offer two different but effective approaches to governing for racial equity 

  • The value of racial healing to achieving racial equity

The urban planning profession has always had a complicated relationship to race in America. While most planners believe in the concept and the value of racial equity, our historic and current actions and policies have often resulted in explicit or unintentional segregation and unequal neighborhood conditions and services. Many comprehensive plans now include racial and social equity as a vision and goal, but there has been little guidance on how to operationalize these values. To address the root causes of inequity, government organizations must reimagine and reconfigure how they do business. The  innovative practice of reorganizing government institutions to create more equitable outcomes is called “Governing for Racial Equity” (GRE).

Learn the nuts and bolts of this emerging practice. This session’s speakers will provide a justification for and overview of GRE, examine case studies that highlight different GRE approaches in two different cities, and share tools and resources for public agency planners and consultants to incorporate GRE goals into their practice.