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.
Reparations has long been a hot-button topic that even the mention of it brings impassioned jubilation, overwhelming concern, or somewhere in between. The conversation around reparations isn’t new; in fact the idea of atoning for the sins of slavery has been around since the Civil War.
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.
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.
In support of Asheville City Council’s Vision 2036 of an equitable and diverse community, the Office of Equity and Inclusion is launching a mini grant program to support existing projects in Asheville that promote racial healing, reconciliation, and/or transformation in Asheville communities.
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.
¿Necesita ayuda con esta información en Español? Contacte a Cenzontle en 828.490.7643 o info-Cenzontle.Coop The results of Asheville’s recent Disparity Study on the City’s contracting for fiscal years 2012 through 2017 are in. Presentations on these results will be provided to Council’s Planning & Economic Development Committee and to full City Council at their [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
With 2017 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville initiatives and developments from the past year. Here are 10 initiatives that your City government got off the ground in 2017. We’ll have 2018 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1. Bond projects began In November 2016, Asheville voters approved $74 million [...]
The City of Asheville’s Blue Ribbon Committee on an Asheville Human Relations Commission will engage the community in January for a discussion about a newly formed Human Relations Commission. Statewide, Human Relations Commissions help to facilitate a culture of improved human relations across a city. These commissions exist to support unity and harmony within diversity and [...]
In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., the Asheville community condemns the actions of people who espouse hate speech against any race or ethnicity, and especially those who promote white supremacy. Let us be clear that inclusion and diversity are core values of the City of Asheville. City Council’s Vision 2036 promotes [...]
This new position lines up with a key Asheville City Council focus area After extensive public input — including three public input sessions and feedback taken online through Open City Hall Asheville — the job description for the Equity and Inclusion Manager position at the City of Asheville has been finalized. The position is now [...]
Image by Metropolitan Council Please note: This meeting was originally scheduled for Jan. 9 but due to slick roads following snow the Grant Center is closed today. The meeting has now been rescheduled for Jan. 17. As part of the City of Asheville’s effort to expand equity in City services and programs, a new position of Equity Program [...]
Asheville City Council identified a diverse community as 1 of 8 key focus areas in the 2036 Vision City Council crafted in January 2016. In support of this focus area, Council set aside money in the City’s 2016-2017 budget toward equity efforts. This includes the hiring of an Equity Manager. This position would be dedicated to [...]
= Asheville City Council is committed to supporting a community that is inclusive and diverse. A diverse community was identified as 1 of 8 key focus areas in the 2036 Vision City Council crafted in January 2016. Council took the next step in supporting this focus area by setting aside money in the City’s 2016-2017 budget toward equity [...]