Learn About the City of Boulder's Racial Equity Work

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.

Overview

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.

Juneteenth: Community Celebrations

Juneteenth, officially known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, is also historically known as Jubilee Day or Emancipation Day. It is an important part of American history as it commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. While the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 officially banned slavery, it took several years for freedom to arrive in all the states. Enforcement of the Proclamation relied on Union troops, and it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, when word of their freedom finally reached America’s last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas.

The community is invited to join in celebration and recognition of Juneteenth. On Friday, June 17, the city will raise a Juneteenth Flag at the Penfield Tate II Municipal Building at 4 p.m. Remarks from local leaders will follow the flag-raising. Local events throughout the weekend include, a Celebration of Black Excellence on Monday, June 20 which will showcase local student leadership at Boulder High School at 11 a.m. Information on this and other events is available online.

Racial Equity Plan

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.

Racial Equity Guiding Coalition

The Racial Equity Guiding Coalition is comprised of city directors and council members who are guiding and supporting high-level strategic planning and implementation of equity initiatives.

Report Discrimination

File a discrimination report in English

Presentar informe de discriminación en Español