Strengthening Community Engagement and Data Management for Equitable Implementation

The City of Milwaukee is fully committed to implementing strategies, policies, and practices designed to advance and achieve racial equity and inclusion in education, housing, workforce development, public safety, violence prevention, and the delivery of quality and timely government services. The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) was started in 2021 to coordinate the implementation of these strategies for equity amongst the various city offices and services. The City of Milwaukee has allocated significant funding under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to address issues of equity in the city and build resilience to future challenges. The OEI has committed to community engagement and accountability around ARPA programming, and began to unpack what that entails in terms of process and scale. 

In order to support improved equity outcomes as an equity focused city system, OEI will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive fellow for one year to develop, test, and implement systems and processes that allow Milwaukee to use evidence and data as part of a two-way community engagement. This strategy will include specific recommendations for how OEI can ensure progress towards the City’s stated commitments and goals for racial and economic equity.