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RACIAL EQUITY TASK FORCE

On October 5th, 2020, the County Council voted to approve CR142-2020, legislation establishing the first Racial Equity Task Force for Howard County. The Task Force is charged with recommending legislation to the County Council to address racial disparities and inequities in Howard County.

Comprised of over 60 experts, community leaders, students, and activists, the Racial Equity Task Force will identify and evaluate actions that the County Council can pursue to advance racial equity in Howard County. To accomplish this goal, Task Force members will be placed among six policy subgroups that will focus on racial equity in personal and public safety, land-use and housing policy, economic and workforce development, public health and environmental policy, education, and legislative processes.

The Task Force shall recommend legislative actions to the Howard County Council to remedy racial disparities and inequities in our community by:

  1. reviewing indicators of disparate outcomes, findings of applicable studies, best practices, and local data to ascertain pertinent information on issues related to racial equity and identifying metrics for measuring progress in improving racial equity;
  2. identifying new County policies and changes to County ordinances and policies that could improve racial equity;
  3. recommending legislation to the County Council that can be passed that will improve racial equity; and
  4. recommending actions that other Howard County entities, that receive County funds, can take that will improve racial equity outcomes.

Public Testimony
The Racial Equity Task Force would like to hear from members of the public on issues related to racial equity in Howard County. Howard County community members are encouraged to participate in this virtual public hearing to share their experiences and/or policy recommendations.

The first Public Hearing of the Racial Equity Task Force is scheduled for Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Community members may sign up to provide verbal testimony here.

Please note that this public hearing will be held virtually through WebEx, and the deadline to sign up to testify is 2:00pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Testimony for the first public hearing will be limited to 35 individuals. Each individual will have 3 minutes to provide testimony.

A second Public Hearing will be held in June to present preliminary recommendations and gather feedback.

Individuals wishing to provide written testimony to the Racial Equity Task Force may do so at any time by emailing testimony to [email protected].

Upcoming Meetings:
To view the meetings, click on the Video link below.You can view past meetings by clicking on Video or by going to the Howard County Council's Watch Us page. All archived meetings will be located under Task Forces and Commissions.

Date - Time Location Group Agenda Materials Video
Postponed due to weather Virtual Meeting  Personal and Public Safety Agenda   Video
March 8, 2021 - 5:00pm Virtual Meeting  Education      
March 9, 2021 - 4:00pm Virtual Meeting  Land Use and Housing Policy      
March 10, 2021 - 6:00pm Virtual Meeting  Economic and Workforce   Development      
March 11, 2021 - 5:00pm Virtual Meeting  Personal and Public Safety      
March 15, 2021 - 4:00pm Virtual  Meeting  Legislative Process      
March 17, 2021 - 6:00pm Virtual Meeting  Public Health and   Environmental Policy      
April 5, 2021 - 5:00pm Virtual Meeting  Education      
April 7, 2021 - 6:00pm Virtual Meeting  Economic and Workforce   Development      
April 8, 2021 - 5:00pm Virtual Meeting  Personal and Public Safety      
May 10, 2021 - 5:00pm Virtual Meeting  Education      
May 12, 2021 - 6:00pm Virtual Meeting  Economic and Workforce   Development      
May 13, 2021 - 5:00pm Virtual Meeting  Personal and Public Safety      

 

Date - Time Location Hearing Type Agenda Minutes Video
March 4, 2021 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm Virtual Meeting Public Hearing     Video


Archived Meetings:
To view the past meetings, click on the Video link below. You can also view past meetings by going to the Howard County Council's Watch Us page. All archived meeting will be located under Task Forces and Commissions.

Date - Time Location Group Agenda Minutes Materials Video
February 3, 2021 - 5:00pm Virtual Meeting   Chairs Agenda   *Engagement Timeline & Stakeholders Roles Video
November 19, 2020 - 4:30pm Virtual   Meeting  Full Task   Force Agenda   *Welcome Packet
*Open Meetings Act Guidelines
*Public Information Act Guidelines
*Presentation
Video
November 9, 2020 -
4:30pm
 Virtual   Meeting  Chairs Agenda Minutes   Video