City, County and community come together to have ‘crucial conversations’ about racial equity in Sacramento

How do we move racial equity forward in Sacramento?

More than 50 employees from the City of Sacramento, Sacramento County and several community-based organizations came together on Feb. 7 for a “Racial Equity 101” training held at the Maple Neighborhood Center in south Sacramento.

The goal of the day-long training was “to have challenging and crucial conversations about advancing race equity and justice in our community,” said Aimée Z. Barnes, the City’s diversity and equity manager, who participated in the event.

The Racial Equity 101 training was conducted by Race Forward, a national organization that “brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.” The training was funded by The California Endowment and coordinated and supported by the Sac Building Healthy Communities Hub.

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Participants spent the day learning about the history of race in Sacramento, envisioning racial equity in the region, networking with government and community-of-color led organizations and identifying concrete commitments to moving racial equity forward.

“These training are a big part of the City’s ongoing effort to reduce inequity by improving the health, stability and economic security of residents and neighborhoods,” said Assistant City Manager Michael Jasso, who also participated in the training. “It was great to see our community organizations and government representatives come together to take collective steps toward racial equity in the region.”

To learn about the City’s Diversity and Equity Department, click here.

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