Equity and Inclusion


The recently established Equity and Inclusion function is a deliberate step toward advancing equity in Asheville, with racial and social equity as top priorities.

As a city government, the Equity Director plays a unique role toward maximizing the access and opportunities that all people have to satisfy essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full potential. The new Equity and Inclusion Manager position will play a key role in moving the city organization toward the successful advancement of equity within Asheville.

To advance equity and inclusion within municipal government, the GARE racial equity framework is being employed. The City of Asheville is a member of the Government Alliance for Race and Equity, a national network of government jurisdictions working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all, which has developed a framework based on best practice from government entities who have been working to advance racial equity for a decade or longer. Creating equity tools, such as an equity action plan, is part of one component of the racial equity framework.

Learn about the work of the newly established Human Relations Commission.


What is the difference between Equity and Equality?

Equality focuses on giving everyone the same thing, regardless of outcomes. Equality works when everyone starts from the same place.

Equity is fairness. It's ensuring that people have access to the same opportunities or services we administer or deliver, directly or by contract.

equity vs. equality

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Equity is just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential (excerpt from Equity Manifesto

Racial equity is the condition when racial identity no longer predicts individual or group life outcomes, and outcomes for all groups are improved.

Advancing racial equity employs analysis and strategies at the root cause of inequities and disparities; working to address disparities through changes in policy, practice and procedure. (working draft)

Inclusion is authentic and empowered participation with a true sense of belonging. 

Inclusive engagement of Asheville’s residents is demonstrated through meeting community where they are and working collaboratively to ensure their voices are valued.


Contact Information

Kimberlee ArchieKimberlee Archie, Director of Equity and Inclusion