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