The City of Madison is establishing its Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative as a core principle in all decisions, policies, and functions. Launched in the fall of 2013, the initiative focuses on eliminating racial and social inequities in municipal government by implementing strategies in three main areas: Equity in City policies and budgets; Equity in City operations; and Equity in the community.

Commitment to the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative means that equity considerations will be integral to major decisions in an effort to achieve equitable allocation of resources.

The City of Madison has always made an effort to provide services on an equitable basis, though not as comprehensively and thoroughly as is now planned. Prior to and since launching the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative, the City developed a number of efforts, some of which are outlined in the City of Madison Equity Initiatives, to promote equity through its employment practices and policy initiatives.

Check out the work of the RESJI program