Work on a countywide racial equity plan is continuing, and community members are invited to virtual meetings on the plan this month.
During the virtual sessions at 11 a.m. Aug. 10, and 7 p.m. Aug. 17, you will receive information about the work thus far and will be able to provide input and direction on the plan’s development. You will also hear how you can work on the racial equity plan.
For several months, staff from Orange County and the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough have been working to develop a framework for racial equity plans specific to each jurisdiction. One Orange is a commitment by local leaders and staff to uncover and address implicit racial biases in our institutions and to create a community where race no longer predicts life outcomes in our community. Much of the preliminary work and vision utilize the methodology of the Government Alliance for Racial Equity, a national network of government agencies working to advance racial equity. All the jurisdictions are members of GARE.
A public hearing on the final draft plan is expected in the fall. Once a framework has been approved, staff from the county and municipalities will develop a training strategy.
One Orange team leaders can provide information sessions in a variety of languages and are seeking to connect with the community throughout August. Contact the team to arrange a session or to suggest or help with outreach: OneOrange@orangecountync.gov or 919-245-2317.
Register in advance for one of the virtual sessions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.