The Final Recommendations of the Task Force to the Howard County Council can be viewed HERE.

About Us
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.

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 Minutes *Welcome Packet
*Open Meetings Act Guidelines
*Public Information Act Guidelines
November 9, 2020 -
 Virtual   Meeting  Chairs Agenda Minutes   Video


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


RETF Chairs Issue Joint Statement on 3/4/2021 Public Hearing