The recommendations proffered by the Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Core Team as included in its report are focused primarily on the implementation of training and processes to address racial equity issues relative to City of Madison practices and those of the larger community. The initial efforts include a focus on training, broadening racial equity considerations throughout City processes, and, data gathering and analysis. Most of the implementation steps can be accommodated with existing staff resources; however, the Team has recommended the creation of a new 1.0 FTE Data Project Coordinator in 2015. The estimated expense for this new position is approximately $80,000 to $90,000 (including salary and fringe benefit expense), depending on the final classification and qualifications. The funding will be City levy monies and will need to be accommodated in the 2015 City operating budget, subject to State levy limits and City Council approval.
Establishing the City of Madison Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative.
WHEREAS, the City of Madison has both the ability and an obligation to proactively work towards undoing long-standing institutional and structural bias that have resulted in racial, social, and economic inequities; and
WHEREAS, on October 2013 the Common Council adopted RES-13-00828 declaring the City of Madison’s intent to adopt an equity impact model and requesting city staff to form a work group and begin working on an equity impact model and report back by April 2014; and
WHEREAS, city staff have formed an interdepartmental equity workgroup, the Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Core Team, to gather information and best practices from other cities and regions and develop recommendations for a City of Madison equity impact model. The RESJ and its subgroups meet regularly, have received training, and are performing tasks to accomplish the directives of RES-13-00828; and
WHEREAS, the RESJ has adop...Click here for full text