Implementing a Framework to Achieve Citywide Racial Equity

Nearly 40 percent of the 1 million residents in San Jose were born outside the U.S. While immigrants have high rates of workforce participation, many also struggle to access opportunities in education, jobs, and public services. San Jose has worked to prioritize the integration of its immigrant populations, as city leadership recognizes the need for more nuanced conversations and guidance around race and racial equity. To help address these challenges, the city joined the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network that works with civic leaders to identify and address historic and current structural inequities in government policies, programs, and practices. 

Through its Office of the City Manager, San Jose is partnering with FUSE executive fellow Hymavathy Menath to help develop a racial equity framework that will guide associated investments and support the GARE team with normalizing racial equity objectives across city operations.