Racial Equity Work in Cities
Every community’s challenges are unique. NLC is on the ground working in cities with local leaders to find local solutions and develop custom-tailored plans to assist your community in countering structural racism. Below are some specific programs to which we offer technical assistance (TA).
Community Conversations on Race Relations, Equity, and Justice
Following former President Obama's meeting with faith leaders, local and state elected officials, activists, and civil rights leaders, in July of 2016 NLC and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) committed to encouraging cities to host 100 conversations on race relations. REAL continues to offer assistance to city leaders who organize community conversations or dialogues on race.
We are developing the focus we have on boys and young men of color (BYMoC) to include other special populations. This provides opportunities to apply a racial equity lens on the analysis of broader policy issues such as infrastructure, housing, and the environment.
Learning Community for Truth and Transformation
NLC provides an eighteen-month program for city leaders from 15 cities an opportunity to learn from peers and national experts, and to gain a comprehensive understanding of how they can implement and strengthen efforts to advance racial equity. Equity and Racial Healing Technical Assistance Initiative For fifteen months, REAL provided six cities strategies for advancing racial healing in their communities. In early February 2018, NLC met with each city three times in-person: at a cross-site convening, at a site visit, and at a mayor's leadership academy. City staff received access to REAL team members on coaching calls and webinars throughout the initiative.
REAL Tactical Team
We work on the ground in cities, to help local leaders develop and implement a customized three-phase racial equity plan that fits your city’s specific needs and capacity. We are here to strengthen your capacity as local leaders so that you are equipped to effectively lead and serve an inclusive, thriving and healthy community. REAL brings a wealth of substantial relevant experience and expertise, including leadership engagement; implementation of a comprehensive racial equity process; analyses of city infrastructures for advancing racial equity; training; and access to racial equity resources and racial healing experts.