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:
- 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;
- identifying new County policies and changes to County ordinances and policies that could improve racial equity;
- recommending legislation to the County Council that can be passed that will improve racial equity; and
- recommending actions that other Howard County entities, that receive County funds, can take that will improve racial equity outcomes.
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 meeting will be located under Task Forces and Commissions.
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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.