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Boulder City Council Votes Unanimously to Adopt City’s First-Ever Racial Equity Plan

On Tuesday, Boulder City Council adopted the city’s first-ever Racial Equity Plan.

This plan is part of the City of Boulder’s work to advance racial equity, and much of it focuses on steps the city organization must take to eliminate systemic and institutional racism in its policies and practices.

City staff created the Racial Equity Plan with significant and valuable community input guiding the development. It is a living road map that will lead the City of Boulder government through the process of prioritizing goals, specifying details and assigning resources to achieve meaningful change.

“This is a historic moment for our community,” said Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver.  “Racial inequities are embedded at all levels of government across our country, and it’s time they were acknowledged and eliminated. This plan is an essential first step on that journey.”

City of Boulder employees and leadership have been working to understand the role institutional racism has played in perpetuating current racial inequities and develop a vision to advance racial equity through education, programs, policies and budget decisions.

“This plan is just the beginning,” said Equity Program Manager Aimee Kane. “It establishes a clear roadmap for goals and desired outcomes, all of which were shaped by historically excluded populations across Boulder. We also have incredible partners and staff who continually step up to do this work. Their dedication is what will help us turn these words into action.”

The city is a partner member of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, and, through shared learning with communities across the nation, has been building organizational capacity and partnerships with institutions and communities to adapt internal infrastructure and develop this plan.

City Council will have annual opportunities to review and discuss progress on the plan with the intention of making corrections or adjustments as necessary. Learn more and read the plan at bouldercolorado.gov/racial-equity.

Media Contacts: 
Aimee Kane, Equity Program Manager, 303-441-4235
Sarah Huntly, Media Relations, 720-564-2111

Published Feb. 18, 2021