Equity and Inclusion Toolkit

Message from GMA Officers:
Change is Needed Now to Address Inequality

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These resources will equip Georgia’s cities leaders with the tools to listen deeply, unite widely and act boldly to combat racism and social injustice in your communities.

This toolkit will be updated often to include GMA initiatives and announcements, and resources from our valued partners.

Terminology

  • Diversity: Psychological, physical, and social differences that occur among any and all individuals, such as race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, economic class, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical ability, and learning styles. Diverse groups, communities or organizations contain a variety of social and cultural characteristics. However, diversity does not address the systematic and institutional deprivation of material or social resources experienced by groups participating in diversity programs.

  • Equity: Fairness and justice, especially pertaining to rights and protection under the law. Equity on any given dimension (such as race) also means that this dimension can no longer be used to predict life outcomes, while outcomes for all groups are improved. There are three forms of equity to consider in local government service delivery

  • Inclusion: The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can feel welcomed, respected, and fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people.

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Reports, Articles, and Tools


Embedding Racial Equity in Housing

July 13, 2020
National League of Cities

Uniting our Cities and the Strength of Diversity

July 13, 2020
Deke Copenhaver

Why the 2020 Census is Essential to Municipalities

June 17, 2020
National League of Cities

Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties

June 17, 2020
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Moments of Change: Leading with Courage and Commitment for Racial and Social Justice

June 16, 2020
International City/County Management Association

Tools to Address Implicit Bias in Local Government

June 15, 2020
Engaging Local Government Leaders

Mayors and governors: This is how you tackle racism

June 12, 2020
Brookings

Responding to Racial Tension in Your City: A Municipal Action Guide

June 11, 2020
National League of Cities

Advancing Racial Equity in Your City

June 11, 2020
National League of Cities

ELGL Equity & Justice Resources

ELGL's mission is to engage the brightest minds in local government by providing timely and relevant content through podcasts, blogs, webinars, social media and conference gather...
June 11, 2020
Engaging Local Government Leaders

ICMA Equity & Inclusion Resources

Creating better communities begins with a commitment to equity and inclusion. ICMA strives to ensure that its members and local government managers overall reflect the diversity of t...
June 11, 2020
International City/County Management Association

Government Alliance on Race & Equity Tools and Resources

June 11, 2020
Government Alliance on Race & Equity

Healing in Our Nation: It Begins at the Local Level

June 9, 2020
Deke Copenhaver

A Lynching, a Police Chief and an Apology

February 8, 2017