The Mayor’s Office of Social Equity and Innovation works with City agencies and departments to increase systems, policies, and practices that sustain Social Equity, Race, and Social Justice. The office oversees the citywide effort to eliminate social inequity and race and social injustices by evaluating institutional and structural government systems, policies, and practices to dismantle racism.
Racial oppression is painful to experience and challenging to discuss. Discussions are difficult even when people respect and understand each other; they are harder when people use different ways of expression to convey different ideas. To align our city’s focus on racial equity in local government, we want to clarify and define “racism” specifically to refer to individual, institutional and systemic racism.
**It’s important to know that systemic racism is strategic and intentionally designed into our policies, practices, and institutions or parts of systems that reproduce disparities that disproportionately impact communities of color and First Nations people.
Promote social equity, race, and social justice within the City and County of Denver.
The Mayor’s Office of Social Equity and Innovation shall lead efforts to eliminate social inequity and race and social injustices by evaluating institutional and structural government systems, policies, and practices.
Improve policy, service delivery, and equitable distribution of resources to ensure that priorities of equity are integrated into key programs, practices, and processes.
Race and Social Justice Academy: This culturally responsive training and development platform will equip all city employees with knowledge and skills to address racial disparities in housing, community health and economic mobility for marginalized communities of color and First Nations People. City employees will learn how to apply key concepts such as racial equity and inclusion, in addition to learning approaches to counteract institutionalized racism.
Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.
NLC’s Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) initiative serves to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions, and build more equitable communities.