Racial Equity and Leadership (REAL) in Our City


Elected officials, city staff and community leaders commit time and space to listen to the lived experiences of community members from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and intentionally consider these experiences in city decision-making processes.


Strengthen local leaders' knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions, and build a more equitable community.

Strategic Goals

  • Education and awareness for all city staff and elected officials
  • Promote racial healing through the action of connecting with community leaders and members
  • Ensure substantive improvements as evidenced through data collection and performance measurement

What is racial equity?

Ensuring the distribution of resources is fair to all relational partners. Equity is measured by comparing the ratio of contributions (or costs) and benefits (or rewards) for each person.

What can I do?

There are many actions and ways to fight racism. This modest list of actions targets racism at the individual, community, and national levels.

  • Awkward is awesome! Start the conversation!
  • Be empathetic
  • Take action
  • Be authentic

Quick IdeasIn-depth ActionSubtle Racism and What to Do About It

Recommended Reading

The books below are available at the Wichita Public Library.

  1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  3. Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  4. Kinship Concealed by Sharon Cranford & Dwight Roth
  5. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  6. Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
  7. The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú

Upcoming Events

Dinner Dialogue

February 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Dinners will be hosted throughout the City. Community members will come together to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.

I would like to attend!