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RACIAL EQUITY TASK FORCE

Public Hearing
The Racial Equity Task Force will hold its second public hearing on the evening of Thursday, May 6th, 2021 from 6pm - 8pm. At this virtual hearing, community members and organizations will have the opportunity to provide testimony on the draft recommendations of the Racial Equity Task Force.

Please note that this public hearing will be held virtually through WebEx, and the deadline to sign up to testify is 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Testimony for the public hearing will be limited to 35 individuals. Each individual will have 3 minutes total to provide testimony on all subgroup recommendations. When signing up to testify, we ask that you indicate which subgroup’s recommendations you wish to testify on. On the day of the Public Hearing, you will receive a WebEx link from County Council staff to sign in to the virtual meeting.

The draft recommendations of the Task Force can be viewed HERE.

Community members may sign up to provide verbal testimony for the public hearing HERE.

If you do not wish to provide testimony but would still like to watch the Public Hearing, you may register to attend the virtual meeting here. Individuals wishing to provide written testimony to the Racial Equity Task Force may do so at any time by emailing testimony to [email protected].

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.

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
May 10, 2021 - 4:00pm Virtual Meeting  Legislative Process     Video
May 10, 2021 - 5:00pm Virtual Meeting  Education     Video
May 11, 2021 - 4:00pm Virtual Meeting  Land Use and Housing Policy     Video
May 12, 2021 - 6:00pm Virtual Meeting  Economic and Workforce   Development     Video
May 13, 2021 - 5:00pm Virtual Meeting  Personal and Public Safety     Video
May 19, 2021 - 6:00pm Virtual Meeting  Public Health and Enviromental
 Policy
    Video
June 8, 2021 - 4:00pm Virtual Meeting  Land Use and Housing Policy      
June 16, 2021 - 6:00pm Virtual Meeting  Public Health and Environmental
 Policy
     
June 21, 2021 - 4:00pm Virtual Meeting  Legislative Process      

 

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

 

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

 

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