Leadership Institute on Race, Equity, and Inclusion

As a thought leader, ICMA is committed to creating and supporting thriving communities. As part of this commitment, ICMA has created, in partnership with the Kettering Foundation and the National Civic League, the Leadership Institute on Race, Equity, and Inclusion. The institute supports the ICMA Executive Board’s statement regarding systemic racism, and more specifically the commitment to: “Engage our members and partners in a process of listening to understand what our profession needs in order to deliver on the work of our mission and vision through the lens of equity and inclusion.” The institute will offer local government participants interactive learning, superlative instructors, networking with colleagues, and engaging discussions of the key leadership issues surrounding racial equity. Participants will embark on a 12-18-month journey to transform themselves, their community, and the local government profession into something greater than it was when they started. For more information, contact SpeakUp@icma.org.

Equity Officer Cohort to Advance Equity and Inclusion in Local Government Leadership

The Equity Officer Cohort identifies individuals serving as chief equity officers, or have equity as an adjunct responsibility, and bring them together to share their insights with ICMA and each other to build a learning community for ICMA members on equity, inclusion, and social justice. This new space will provide networking, a repository for shared resources, and serve as a focal point for chief equity officers and those filling similar roles and programs.  

Individuals participating in the cohort have expertise in current content areas and reaffirm ICMA’s commitment to equity and inclusion in the association’s membership and the profession. Additionally, those within the cohort represent the membership from different regions, type of local government, career positions or job functions, and diversity of gender, race, and age.   (2020-21 Cohort) For more information, contact Laura Savage, Senior Program Manager, Member Services at lsavage@icma.org.

Moving the Needle: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government

ICMA's virtual Equity Summit, Moving the Needle: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government, is a gathering of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers (and those doing the work without the title) as well as other local government professionals interested in ideas and institutions to deepen strategies, shape actions, and create solutions.   

This event will give participants the opportunity to create and maintain relationships with like-minded professionals, as well as foster these relationships in a virtual environment.  

Attendees can expect engaging conversations and actionable solutions in this two-day event that will take deep dives on everything equity from accountability to zip codes. Register today!