an effort to support meaningful and inclusive engagement around racial equity, the City of Boulder is accepting applications for a Racial Equity Engagement Working Group.


The working group will help the city create effective messaging and design engagement opportunities that will be implemented later this year, when the city invites the community to weigh in on a draft outline of a racial equity plan. 


The working group will be comprised of five to seven working group members, with a majority being people of color. Group members should have clear ties to the city, such as residency or employment in Boulder, and/or a demonstrated ability to work with partner organizations that serve communities of color. 


There are currently three meetings planned for the evenings of Nov. 4, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2; exact times and locations will be determined later. The city has prepared a working group description with more details.


The city’s racial equity plan, to be released in early 2020, stems from the city’s recent work with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, or GARE. Much of the plan will focus on steps the city organization must take to eliminate systemic and institutional racism in its policies and practices. There are also several components that will involve partnerships with community groups, organizations and individuals committed to ending racism in Boulder. 


The outline has already been informed by significant and valuable community input. The city drew from the findings of the 2017 Inclusivity Perceptions Assessment; from the courageous personal stories shared more recently by community members of color in sessions hosted by the Human Relations Commission and City Council; from frequent conversations with organizations that work with less connected communities; and from its participation in the yearly Diversity Summit at the University of Colorado Boulder. 


In this next phase of engagement, the city will be seeking feedback about whether the city has identified the right types of actions in the proposed racial equity plan. Community members will be given an opportunity to comment on the draft outline, point out missing elements and help prioritize specific work items.  


Individuals who wish to be considered for the engagement working group should send an email with a brief description of their interest and qualifications to [email protected] or call Ryan Hanschen at 303-441-4441 to express interest by Oct. 15, 2019.   


For more information, please contact Ryan Hanschen at 303-441-4441. 


Published: Oct. 2, 2019 

Media Contacts:  

Aimee Kane, Project Manager, 303-441-4235 
Ryan Hanschen, Engagement Specialist, 303-441-4441 

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