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Second round of racial healing grant funding now available through City of Asheville’s Office of Equity and Inclusion 

  The Office of Equity and Inclusion application for racial healing grants for local nonprofits are now available. This is the second year of funding, and like last year, the grant amount up to $4,999 aims to support existing projects  in Asheville that promote racial healing, reconciliation, and/or transformation in Asheville communities.    The [...]

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City of Asheville would like community input on Race and Gender Policy business handbook

    At their Oct. 27 meeting, Asheville City Council adopted a new race and gender-conscious policy.     Why have this policy Small businesses are the backbone of the Asheville economy. The vast majority of local employers are small private firms, and many are minority-, women-, and veteran-owned. Strengthening opportunities for small and diverse businesses strengthens [...]

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City of Asheville advances equity through multiple interconnected initiatives

    Advancing racial equity and social justice consists of many efforts working in concert with each other to promote larger societal change. This is not a one-off effort, nor the sole work of one department. It’s a team effort that has to be blended into all City of Asheville departments, folded into our mission to provide [...]

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Welcome to Hispanic Heritage Month

Welcome to Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration of Hispanic Heritage is “marked” from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15. I could go into some more historical information or talk about some of the Latinx greats like Selena, Frida Kahlo, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, etc. but because Hispanic Heritage should be celebrated every day of the year, I want to use this opportunity to talk about our collective survival. Let me tell you what I mean by that but first, do you know where your food comes from?

Hands of many colors
Asheville student reflects on back to school in an era of Black Lives Matter, a Generation Z perspective 

As we return to school during these unprecedented times, I can't help but reflect on the life-changing events of 2020. As a young person witnessing history, I think about how this moment will be taught to future generations. I also think about how my generation has been taught about history.

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The first Pride was a protest

In June of every year, Pride Month is celebrated by the LGBTQIA+ community across the country. While Pride is a celebration of visibility, equality, and self-affirmation; it is necessary to remember that Pride commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots. The first Pride was a protest against police brutality and oppression. 

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City of Asheville announces recipients of racial healing mini grants

The City of Asheville is glad to announce the recipients of the first Asheville racial healing mini-grants. The City received 34 applications, of those eight were selected. The intent of the racial healing grants are to invest in projects already established in the community. The mini-grants represent a total community investment of almost $40,000.

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City of Asheville earns GIS award for racial equity mapping project

The City of Asheville was recently awarded the North Carolina G. Herbert Stout Award for Visionary Use of GIS in support of the City’s Mapping Racial Equity project. Asheville was recognized during the 2019 N.C. GIS Conference in Winston-Salem. City Council officials received the award during their May 14 meeting.

City of Asheville equity initiative lays groundwork with employees, identifies growth areas for increased service to the community

  A year after the City of Asheville hired its first Equity & Inclusion Manager, here is an update to the community on how this initiative has progressed.   In July 2017, the City of Asheville’s announced the hiring of Kimberlee Archie as its first Equity & Inclusion Manager. She has since been named director and in the City’s [...]

CAYLA students spend summer getting valuable work experience

​Networking, meeting etiquette and career exploration are just a few of the professional skills that 37 Asheville area high school students are learning this summer. Their involvement in the City of Asheville’s Youth Leadership Academy ​(CAYLA) gives them opportunities for internships to help shape their education and career choices. Formed in 2007, the CAYLA program [...]