New Report Offers Sweeping Four-Year Plan to Increase Racial Equity in Dane County, Wisconsin

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Media Contact: Dennis Chin
Phone: 212-248-2785 x1450; Email: dchin@thecsi.org

New Report Offers Sweeping Four-Year Plan to Increase Racial Equity in Dane County, Wisconsin

New York, NY — Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) and Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) released a four-year comprehensive plan to increase racial equity in Dane County, Wisconsin. The report is a roadmap to increase racial equity in the county, encompassing five recommendations to deepen understanding of and commitment to racial equity. The goal is to make Dane County government more inclusive and engaging, increase access to economic prosperity, ensure the safety of all neighborhoods, and promote good health for all residents.

Working with Dane County government officials, the report is the culmination of a six-month process that assessed the current state of racial equity in Dane County internal government operations, programs, and policies, and provides recommendations and indicators for success.

“We applaud Dane County for the deep commitment and strategic work toward eliminating racial inequity,” said Glenn Harris, President of CSI. “Dane County is well positioned to lead nationally, demonstrating that effective government is about advancing racial equity.” Julie Nelson, Director of GARE added, “With the right approach, government has the ability to integrate racial equity as a norm that is operationalized, putting values into action. Dane County, a member of our national alliance, is deepening their commitment to advancing racial equity and transforming government.”

Dane County experiences high rates of racial disparity across a host of community indicators of health and wellbeing. The report states that these racial inequities are not random; they have been created and sustained over time. Building on existing work and national best practices, the report shows how Dane County can work toward normalizing, operationalizing, and organizing toward racial equity by transforming the underlying culture of government.

The recommendations, outlined in detail in the report, are for Dane County to:

  • Develop infrastructure and tools to increase Dane County employees’ and residents’ understanding of and ability to advance racial equity.
  • Implement strategies to ensure Dane County is an effective and inclusive government that engages community and is responsive to its needs.
  • Ensure that Dane County’s communities of color share in the County’s economic prosperity.
  • Ensure that all neighborhoods and people are safe and racial disproportionalities in the criminal justice system are eliminated.
  • Ensure that all residents have healthy life outcomes.

CSI and GARE work with multiple sectors, including government and community based organizations, to make racial equity a reality in towns and cities across the country.

The report is available online at: http://www.centerforsocialinclusion.org/dane-county-wisconsin-racial-equity-analysis-and-recommendations/ 

To schedule an interview with Glenn Harris or Julie Nelson, contact Dennis Chin at dchin@thecsi.org.

About Center for Social Inclusion (CSI):
CSI’s mission is to dismantle structural racial inequity by catalyzing grassroots communities, government, and other public and private institutions. We craft and apply strategies and tools to transform our nation’s policies and practices in order to create equitable outcomes for all. Visit CSI’s website at www.centerforsocialinclusion.org.

About Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE):
Government Alliance on Race and Equity is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Visit GARE’s website at www.racialequityalliance.org.

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