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Racial Equity

Closing gaps, so race does not predict one’s success, while improving outcomes for all.

To close the gaps, we focus on communities of color to support those unjustly burdened by racial inequity. Focusing on equity so that everyone is valued, respected and heard offers many benefits. The City of Boulder is committed to leading with our values to address changing employee perceptions and behaviors first, and then rippling outward, extending the impact into the community.

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Boulder City Council has voted unanimously to adopt the city's first-ever Racial Equity Plan.

Significant and valuable community input shaped this plan, which was created by city staff as part of the City of Boulder’s work to advance racial equity. The Racial Equity Plan pdf is a living road map that will guide the City of Boulder government through the process of prioritizing goals, specifying details, and assigning resources to achieve meaningful change.



Rapid Response Racial Equity Assessment and COVID-19 Decision Making

The City has incorporated five equity questions when making COVID-19 process, budget, activity and service decisions, to help avoid disproportionate impacts on our people of color community members.

  Rapid Response Assessment Tool pdf

These set of questions can also be applied to other underrepresented groups of people in our community to ensure equity is the focus for all decisions regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and abilities. The City recognizes that progress must be swift and acknowledge this is an imperfect tool. The goal is to minimize harmful impacts as much as possible.

Breakdown of Staffing Cuts Made by Race as a Direct Result of COVID-19

Race/Ethnicity Citywide demographic breakdown Percentage of employees that were laid off or terminated










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Stigma and Discrimination Related to COVID-19

A person’s ethnicity, language or association with a country or region is not a risk factor for the coronavirus. Health officials have also emphasized that concern about COVID-19 is not a reason to deny care to a patient. Any discrimination incident that may be motivated by another person’s race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity is considered a Human Rights Violation  

The City of Boulder has long committed to protecting the health, safety, dignity and human rights of all members of our community and of working to create an equitable and socially just place for all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or immigration status.

On March 24, 2020, City Council made a declaration pdf   espanol pdf  encouraging community members to work together to support those maintaining the health of our city residents and businesses, ensure continuity of government and focus on equity during the coronavirus pandemic.

On April 7, 2020,  Mayor Weaver on behalf of the entire Boulder City Council delivered a statement pdf   espanol pdf statement during the council meeting on the importance now more than ever of maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment for all races and ethnicities during the COVID crisis.

Report Discrimination

Any community member that sees, hears or is a victim of discrimination in any form is asked to take few minutes and let us know. All information collected will be used to better inform future education and advocacy. The Office of Human Rights will continue to investigation reports of discrimination when applicable.

File a discrimination report in English Presentar informe de discriminación en Español