The National League of Cities Race, Equity and Leadership initiative announced six cities, including Wichita, that will participate in its Cities for Racial Equity and Racial Healing Technical Assistance Initiative.
The 15-month program will provide city leaders with strategies to advance racial equity and racial healing in their communities.
Beginning in early February, each city will meet with the NLC three times for a cross-site convening, site visits and a mayor’s leadership academy. In addition to in-person meetings, city staff will have access to REAL team members on coaching calls and webinars throughout the initiative.
The five other cities participating in the program include Charlotte, N.C.; Long Beach, Calif.; Pittsburgh; Rochester, N.Y.; and St. Paul, Minn.
“City leaders have the capacity to create lasting change in their communities by advancing racial equity,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities. “The National League of Cities is proud to work on the ground with these six cities and help them take action to address institutional and structural racism.”
The technical assistance initiative will help city leaders identify the impact of institutional racism within their community’s policies and practices, and take action to address it. Each city will receive tailored coaching to build relationships with communities most affected by racial inequity, create structures that intentionally address structural racism and normalize the dialogue of governing for racial equity.
“Launching the National Municipal Learning Community for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation last fall was an important step in identifying cities that are well-positioned to make progress,” said Leon Andrews, director of the Race, Equity and Leadership Initiative. “We look forward to working alongside these six cities as they take meaningful steps to advance racial healing.”
Cities will explore various models for engaging the community and city staff through dialogues, trainings and other activities with the end goal of understanding and facilitating racial healing and reconciliation.