Symposium Showcases Policy Making Through a Racial Equity Lens

In collaboration with Associated Black Charities, the MD Center on Economic Policy, and Maryland Hunger Solutions, MACo hosted an eye-opening day-long symposium on policy making through a racial equity lens.

Speakers and panelists included:

  • A. Adar Ayira, Associated Black Charities
  • Shelly Hettleman, Maryland House of Delegates
  • Benjamin Orr, Maryland Center on Economic Policy
  • Valeria, Wilson, Economic Policy Institute
  • Michael Wilson, Maryland Hunger Solutions
  • Aliza Wasserman, The National League of Cities
  • Tiffany Ward, Montgomery County

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The event was timely given the growing move on a county level to incorporate racial equity lenses into policy making.

The Capital Gazette reported on the event, as well as the attendance of Anne Arundel County leaders. County Executive Steuart Pittman shared that the county is working on treating racism as a public health issue and on developing an Office of Health Equity and Racial Justice.

An article in The Washington Post reported on the passage of Montgomery County Council’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Act. The Act will require county government employees to receive racial equity training; bills before the council to include an equity impact statement, the establishment of an Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice; and for all government agencies and departments to develop a racial equity action plan.

For more information:

Anne Arundel officials attend a MACo event covering policymaking through the lens of racial equity (The Capital Gazette)

With unanimous vote, Montgomery passes wide-ranging racial equity bill (The Washington Post)

Learn to Use a Racial Equity Lens in Policy-Making at This FREE MACo Symposium (Conduit Street)