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County Addresses Racial Equity Three Years After Deadly Officer Involved Shooting

9/20/2019

​Mecklenburg County continues to take steps to advance racial equity by implementing the first of several strategies highlighted in its newly adopted Equity Action Plan

The Equity Action Plan falls under the County’s Equity and Inclusion Initiative, which was launched in 2016 by County Manager Dena R. Diorio following the civil unrest sparked by the death of Charlotte resident Keith Lamont Scott. Diorio promised a thorough review of the County’s operations, policies and procedures to ensure equal access to services for residents and to assure equity among County employees. 

“In 2016, I made a commitment to the Board of County Commissioners to look internally to ensure that the services we provide to the community are free of any kind of inherent bias or inequity,” Diorio said. “I think it is important to have this review for both the benefit of the community and our employees.” 

Mecklenburg County employees have begun participating in an “Advancing Racial Equity” training course. The training, which is required for the more than 5,000 County employees, began in August and falls under the Equity Action Plan’s first goal – Infrastructure & Tools.

Additional Equity Action Plan goals include Workforce Equity, Inclusive Engagement, Health Equity, Economic Opportunity and Criminal Justice. 

More information about the Equity Action Plan and the Equity and Inclusion Initiative can be found at MeckNC.gov and in an informational video.