Race & Equity

Equity Mission Statement: The City of Palo Alto is committed to creating a respectful, fair, and professional workplace and city. We will identify prejudices, eliminate inequities, welcome many perspectives, and use a collaborative approach to create an environment that works for everyone. The City's commitment to achieve equity in Palo Alto is the shared responsibility of our residents, organizations, governments, and other institutions. 

The City of Palo Alto adopted the Race & Equity mission statement on November 16, 2020 as part of its discussion of the City’s ongoing Race and Equity efforts. On that same evening, the City Council voted on 16 other actions to advance equity work on a range of topics from use of police data to a community summit on gender equity issues. Notably, the City Council decided to continue this work through the Policy and Services Committee on an ongoing basis. The next update will be provided at the June 2021 Policy and Services Committee meeting.

The City launched its race and equity efforts in June 2020. A previous blog details efforts that the City completed between June 2020 and mid July 2020 and a more recent blog from January 2021 summarizes the actions in the latter part of 2020. Additionally, the City engages the Community in many dialogues on this topic including the following: 


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To share input or feedback on this process, connect with us on social media or email us at RaceandEquity@cityofpaloalto.org.

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