Equity and Inclusion Toolkit

Message from GMA Officers:
Change is Needed Now to Address Inequality

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These resources will equip Georgia’s cities leaders with the tools to listen deeply, unite widely and act boldly to combat racism and social injustice in your communities.

This toolkit will be updated often to include GMA initiatives and announcements, and resources from our valued partners.

Terminology

  • Diversity: Psychological, physical, and social differences that occur among any and all individuals, such as race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, economic class, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical ability, and learning styles. Diverse groups, communities or organizations contain a variety of social and cultural characteristics. However, diversity does not address the systematic and institutional deprivation of material or social resources experienced by groups participating in diversity programs.

  • Equity: Fairness and justice, especially pertaining to rights and protection under the law. Equity on any given dimension (such as race) also means that this dimension can no longer be used to predict life outcomes, while outcomes for all groups are improved. There are three forms of equity to consider in local government service delivery

  • Inclusion: The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can feel welcomed, respected, and fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people.

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