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Actions ICMA is taking on racial equity and social justice.

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The ICMA Annual Conference is the largest annual event in the world for local government managers and staff.

How Do You Make Sure You Hear Them and They Hear You

Diversity Inclusion Equity

If you are committed to addressing issues of race, equity, inclusion, and social justice in your local government, ICMA invites you to apply to the 2022 ICMA Equity Officer Institute.

Local government managers actively addressing social and racial inequity in their communities.
Conversations with Courageous Leaders
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ICMA currently offers local government ethics training.

 

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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Partners and Affiliates

Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)

Living Cities

PolicyLink

NLC Race Equity and Leadership (REAL)

National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)

Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN)

International Network of Asian Public Administrators (I-NAPA)

CivicPRIDE

League of Women in Government

SheLeadsGov

Contact Us

Have questions, comments and/or content to share? Contact us at speakup@icma.org.

ICMA Executive Board Statement Regarding Systemic Racism

At its June 2020 meeting, the ICMA Executive Board approved a statement on systemic racism along with initial action steps.

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.

The Seven Leadership Qualities for Times of Civic Disruption

Leaders at all levels can instill trust in our democratic systems.

Strengthening Your Moral Compass to Overcome Ethical Roadblocks

Integrating shared values between your personal and professional life builds integrity. [PM magazine, March 2020]

The Importance of Ethical Leadership and Moral Courage in Public Management

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]

Equity and Social Justice

Ideals for the profession. [PM magazine, August 2020]

Black Leadership in Local Government

SheLeadsGov

A day of inspiration presented by ICMA and the League of Women in Government, sponsored by Cigna.

Conversations with Courageous Leaders

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Pride month in June reminds us of our commitment to our LGBTQIA+ local government

LATEST RESOURCES

Cohort is brought together to share insights with ICMA and each other and to build a

ICMA / Kettering Foundation / National Civic League

Part of the Ask an ICMA Manager series.

Ideals for the profession [PM Magazine, August 2020]

Diversity Inclusion Equity

If you are committed to addressing issues of race, equity, inclusion, and social justice in your local government, ICMA invites you to apply to the 2022 ICMA Equity Officer Institute.

Equity and Inclusion in the Profession

ICMA equity and inclusion logo
Since 1974, with the first Task Force on Women in the Profession, ICMA

ICMA International Affiliates are tackling issues of equity and inclusion in cities across...

An overview of women members of ICMA.

Civid Pride partnership

Advancing equity and LGBTQIA+ participation in local government.

ICMA strives to ensure that our members and the overall profession reflects the diversity...

New Award Category Enhances the ICMA Local Government Excellence Awards Program

Local government managers actively addressing social and racial inequity in their...

Blog Posts

The lower courts have heard disparate impact disability cases under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act involving land use, jails and prison, and employment.

Now that the FDA has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine and President Biden has announced plans for a new OSHA rule to require employers with 100+ employees to be vaccinated or have weekly testing

Prioritizing day-to-day work over implementing improvements is a hard habit to break.

The status quo is often inequitable and inefficient. The change process begins with data analysis and careful engagement of both local government stakeholders and impacted residents.

How Durham County, North Carolina, raised its experience ratings by more than 100 percent - for denied appeals.

Every local government with a sign code will likely be affected by this case

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News

Congratulations to these recently retired ICMA members who have been granted Life membership.

Congratulations to local government professionals who are newly joined, transfers in status (membership upgrades), and reinstatements as full ICMA members.

Congratulations to these ICMA members, who have recently retired from the profession.

Members are encouraged to reach out and contact their colleagues in transition with advice and support.

ICMA creates Equity Officer Institute to advance equity and inclusion in local government leadership.

Congratulations to the following ICMA members on their recent local government appointments.

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