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Race, Equity & Inclusion Resources

Race, Equity & Inclusion Resources

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A Note from CCM back to top

America is confronted once again by the disturbing reality that deep systemic racism persists throughout our society and economy. The murder of George Floyd has triggered anger, anguish and unrest, igniting calls for change that have swept Connecticut and the nation.

The challenge of this moment invites Connecticut municipal leaders and organizations to engage with their communities on racial equity and to move forward making smart policy decisions that can eliminate racial inequities in all government policies, practices and procedures. We cannot let this moment pass without moving forward.

This page will feature trainings, studies and articles to help Connecticut towns and cities start the process for deeper examinations of bias, how to recognize such bias and begin the process to weed it out of town halls and communities.
CCM is excited to be working with the National League of Cities and its Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) team to determine how best we organize a more intentional strategy to strengthen the capacity and knowledge of municipal leaders across our organizations, who are interested in eliminating racial disparities, healing racial tension and building more equitable communities.

The initiative will help CCM members to engage with their communities on racial equity and to move forward making smart policy decisions that can ensure fairness and eliminate racial inequities in government policies, practices and procedures.

This initiative is a part of what will be CCM’s sustained engagement on inclusion, which will consist of, among other things, periodic free trainings for CCM-member municipal officials, including at CCM’s annual conventions; CCM staff development trainings, and access to consultants for community trainings/conversations.

CCM urges you to have long-needed, tough conversations and take substantial actions to help make Connecticut’s towns and cities the strong example for the nation they have the potential to be.

CCM's Racial Equity Toolkit back to top

Podcast - Leon Andrews of NLC's Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) back to top

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, Leon Andrews, Director of NLC's Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) inititiave, joined our podcast, The Municipal Voice, to discuss what equity really means and the role towns and cities play.

Health & Wellness Resources back to top

Health & Wellness Resources

DataHaven’s Report: Towards Health Equity in Connecticut: The Role of Social Inequality and the Impact of COVID-19  “A comprehensive new report that summarizes five broad social determinants of health and discusses how various groups of people are affected by their opportunities in each category. Each section begins with general comparisons of many groups across several indicators, and ends with an example of how those social circumstances relate to a specific health outcome.”

CT Mirror: ‘State of Wellbeing’ survey quantifies racial inequities in both health and economy

NLC: Why Local Leaders Are Declaring Racism A Public Health Crisis

Housing & Zoning Resources back to top

Housing & Zoning Resources

Planning for Affordability in Connecticut - Affordable Housing Plan and Process Guidebook

Desegregate CT

NLC: Embedding Racial Equity in Housing

Fairfield County’s Center for Housing Opportunity Partners with Urban Institute and Local Organizations to Lead Statewide Study of Affordable and Accessible Housing in Connecticut

CT News Junkie Interview: Old Saybrook Using Deed-restricted Housing to Reduce Economic Disparities

Connecticut Voices for Children Report - Separate & Unequal: The Interactive Effects on Housing and Education Policies on School Segregation in Connecticut "This report examines how residential segregation in Connecticut—and the subsequent educational segregation—persists due to ongoing racial discrimination, current town zoning ordinances, and school district boundaries.  We also explore the role local zoning commissions and boards of education play in the continued segregation of Connecticut’s school districts.  Our goal with this report is to shed light on the ways housing and education intersect to impede and improve opportunity for and investment in Black and Latinx communities.  We hope this report generates reflection, conversation, and action to make Connecticut a more equitable state for all our children and families."

Partnership for Strong Communities Housing Data: Data on housing and affordability for each of Connecticut's 169 towns and cities

Steady Habits: Homeownership matters. So why are so many in CT left behind?