A dashboard showing at-a-glance views of racial equity within Orange County is now available. The four jurisdictions in Orange County will use the dashboard in their work to move the community toward increased equity. Information from the dashboard can be used to provide awareness, track disparity, or inform strategies, grant applications or service provision. It contains statistics on public health, education and economic opportunity as well as those related to living conditions, infrastructure and voting.
“We are delighted to announce this dashboard with updated data,” said Dr. Shameka Y. Fairbanks, Chief Equity and Human Rights Officer, Orange County. “This joint effort between Orange County and the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough will help to continue to enhance our work moving forward.”
In early 2022, leaders of the four jurisdictions approved a racial equity framework to be used in developing racial equity plans for each jurisdiction. The framework — One Orange Countywide Racial Equity Framework: Catalyst for Moving Forward — uses methodology of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, a national network of government agencies working to advance racial equity. The framework centers on five major parts:
Racial equity index
Racial equity assessment lens
Evaluation and accountability
A multi-jurisdictional team from Orange County and the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough continues to work together.