GET STARTED ON YOUR EQUITY JOURNEY
ICMA has made a focused commitment to Race, Equity, and Social Justice in all forms, as a means to achieving thriving communities. ICMA works to achieve equity and social justice, to affirm human dignity, and to improve the quality of life for the individual and the community.
Creating better communities around the world begins with a commitment to social justice and equity. ICMA strives to ensure that our members and the overall profession reflect the diversity of the people we serve. We work to mitigate the effects of bias in all areas of local government by developing and promoting programs and initiatives in the areas of service delivery, hiring practices, leadership development, community engagement, and workplace culture. ICMA works to drive engagement and support of members, local governments, and partnering organizations on issues related to equity, systemic racism, and social justice.
ICMA is the race, equity, and social justice thought leader in local government. Our members and their communities have these values and principles ingrained in their culture and practices.
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- ICMA Executive Board Statement Regarding Systemic Racism
- Declaration of Ideals
ICMA was founded with a commitment to the preservation of the values and integrity of representative local government and local democracy and a dedication to the promotion of efficient and effective management of public services. To fulfill the spirit of this commitment, ICMA works to maintain and enhance public trust and confidence in local government, to achieve equity and social justice, to affirm human dignity, and to improve the quality of life for the individual and the community. Read more.
- Moral and Ethical Leadership
ICMA Code of Ethics: The principles outlined in the ICMA Code of Ethics and enforced by the Rules of Procedure govern the conduct of every member of ICMA.
It is the exercise of ethical leadership practiced by those engaged in the moral struggle that made the difference.
Leaders at all levels can instill trust in our democratic systems.
Integrating shared values between your personal and professional life builds integrity. [PM magazine, March 2020]
It is the exercise of ethical leadership practiced by those engaged in the moral struggle that made the difference between success or failure. [PM magazine, March 2020]
Ideals for the profession. [PM magazine, August 2020]
A late-breaking special edition of PM
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Join us for this 90 minute webinar about how to put the American Rescue Plan Act resources to the best use possible in your communities.
How two local governments support small, minority, and women-owned businesses
Join us at ICMA’s inaugural Equity Summit, Moving the Needle, a virtual learning event focused on advancing racial equity in local government.
ICMA Leadership Institute on Race, Equity, and Inclusion
The application period for the 2023-24 session is open until May 31.
ICMA / Kettering Foundation / National Civic League
ICMA EQUITY OFFICER INSTITUTE (COHORT)
If you are committed to addressing issues of race, equity, and social justice in your local government, ICMA invites you to apply to the ICMA Equity Officer Institute.
With ICMA Equity Cohort member, Phillip Smith-Hanes, county administrator Saline County...
RESOURCES FROM PARTNERS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Materials from our partners, along with reports and surveys that describe approaches that have impact and provide the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.
A Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Employees with Disabilities
America's most detailed report card on racial and economic equity. We equip movement...
Equity and Inclusion in the Profession
ICMA International Affiliates are tackling issues of equity and inclusion in cities across...
ICMA strives to ensure that our members and the overall profession reflects the diversity...
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Identifying the three key disruptive forces that affect local governments: national politics filtering in local governance, technology/social media, and social issues.
Local governments leaving residents hanging on social just isn’t cool.
The foundation to creating that trust is listening to the community’s diverse needs and priorities and taking action in response.
While often referred to as flyover states, rural America can be the calm and example for “of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Travel the world (well, state)! Meet new people! Learn a new (organizational) culture! Gain a fresh, new perspective from another local government!
The City Health Dashboard is a helpful resource for making local government decisions that serve your community equitably.
It’s crucial for local governments to consider who they are trying to engage, how they are trying to engage with them, and who may be left out of the conversation.
An often overlooked and underutilized resource, the younger generation can become an important part of your community engagement strategy.
By ensuring the integrity of our elections, you make certain that all voices can be heard.
A thorn in the side of local government can become an opportunity to strengthen your community.