The Government Alliance was launched at the beginning of 2014 and Julie Nelson, the Director of GARE was hired. Julie formerly directed the Seattle’s Civil Rights office and worked for the City of Seattle for over 20 years. The Alliance uses a three-prong approach:
- We support a cohort of jurisdictions that are at the forefront of work to achieve racial equity – some jurisdictions have already done substantive work and are poised to be a model for others. Supporting a targeted cohort of jurisdictions and providing best practices, tools, and resources is helping to build and sustain current efforts and build a national movement for racial equity.
- We offer pathways for new jurisdictions to begin doing racial equity work—many jurisdictions lack the expertise and/or infrastructure to address issues of racial inequity. Using the learning and resources from the cohort creates pathways for increased engagement and expansion of the Alliance.
- We support and build local and regional collaborations that are broadly inclusive and focused on achieving racial equity—to eliminate racial inequities in our communities, developing a “collective impact” approach firmly grounded in inclusion and equity is necessary. Government can play a key role in collaborations for achieving racial equity, centering community and leveraging institutional partnerships.
We are seeing more and more jurisdictions that are making a commitment to achieving racial equity, focusing on the power and influence of their own institutions, and working in partnership across sectors and with the community to maximize impact. Government’s proactive work on racial equity has the potential to leverage significant change, setting the stage for the achievement of racial equity in our communities. We have been energized by the many people within government who are working to transform the very nature of government, with a vision of a true and inclusive democracy that serves the interests of all of our communities.
Find out more about the Goverment Alliance on Race and Equity on their website at www.racialequityalliance.org.