The Office for Equity and Inclusion furthers Dane County’s ongoing commitment to addressing racial, gender, and disabilities disparities. The impetus for creating the New Office for Equity & Inclusion emerged from key recommendations in the 2015 Dane County Racial Equity Analysis conducted by the Center for Social Inclusion and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity. The report suggested that the County, “create infrastructure for overall implementation of report recommendations by creating a new office for racial equity and social justice”. The Office for Equity and Inclusion will be charged with meeting many of the goals and recommendations contained in the report.
In launching new initiatives for equity, the office will guide Dane County’s Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Contract Compliance, and Civil Rights Compliance functions. In addition, the new office serves as a resource for all County departments around issues of equity, disparities, conflict resolution, staff development and best practices. The creation of this office demonstrates a long term commitment to address these issues and institutionalize the work of heightening awareness, eliminating disparities, and achieving equity. There will be more details to come as the year begins in 2017.