Austin City Profile on Racial Equity
The City of Austin was named the U.S. News and World Report's Best Place to Live award and Forbes' Next Biggest Boom Town in the U.S.
But despite national accolades and the city's immense growth, Austin must face the historically overlooked truth of racial inequity. The Martin Prosperity Institute ranked Austin as the most economically segregated city in the country, a designation no city wants. Taking this challenge head on, Austin has worked to reverse trends that exclude people of color from the bright future of their city.
This city profile is part of a larger series sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Community members and city staff working together to address equity in the city's new strategic plan.
1. Austin's work started with recognizing the impact of historic policies on today's outcomes and using that history to inform the city's strategy for achieving racial equity.
2. The City's Equity Office designed and implemented a racial equity tool that helps each department shift its priorities according to its unique method of service delivery.
3. Austin has brought stakeholders together through several processes that explicitly address the history and impacts of structural racism.