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Racial Equity

Valuing respect, the City of Boulder has entered into a partnership with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network of local and regional government agencies working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Building on previous diversity efforts and in partnership with GARE, a city staff team will focus their efforts on advancing Racial Equity work. Initial efforts will focus specifically on race and provide the opportunity to introduce a framework that can be applied to other marginalized groups.

Why Start with Race?

Our efforts start with a focus on race, recognizing that the creation and perpetuation of racial inequities has been imbedded into government, and that racial inequities across all indicators for success are deep and pervasive. Additionally, other groups of people are still marginalized, based on gender, sexual orientation, ability , class, and age, among others. Focusing on racial equity provides the opportunity to introduce a framework, tools and resources that can also be applied to other marginalized groups.

Bias and Microaggression Training 

The City of Boulder is is currently reviewing proposals from consultants to provide Bias and Microaggression Training for city employees and various city groups. The Request for Proposals (RFP) was released on August 15 and closed on October 24. A selection is slated to be made and announced mid-November. 

Illustration showing the difference between equality and equity


Racial Equity: Closing the gaps so that race does not predict one’s success, while also improving outcomes for all. To close the gaps, we focus on communities of color to support those unjustly burdened by racial inequity.

Equity vs. Equality: “Equality” is treating everyone the same, regardless of their circumstances or whether outcomes remain equal. “Equity” acknowledges that different people start in different places due to racist historical context and societal circumstances and “levels the playing field” for everyone to achieve success equally.


Norma Johnson is a creative voice for bridging community dialogues and relationships, for social justice and healing. To learn more about her work visit


About GARE

GARE is a national network of governments working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.