California Endowment Grant Received To Expand Racial Equity Training

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News Date: 
June 4, 2020

On March 17, 2020, the City Council of Salinas accepted a grant award of $120,000 over two years to fund continued and expanded race equity training for staff. The grant is awarded by The California Endowment. The City of Salinas is a nationally recognized leader in working together with the community and internally to train and apply governing for race equity strategies. In 2014, City leaders made a commitment to ongoing race equity trainings to improve our service and engagement with our residents. Between 2014 and 2016, hundreds of City of Salinas staff were trained by Race Forward and the National Compadres Network in specially designed trauma-informed healing first governing for racial equity practices. From 2016-2019, the City of Salinas joined the Northern California cohort of the Government Alliance for Race Equity (GARE) developed by the Center for Social Inclusion. Since 2014 the city has maintained a Governing for Race Equity steering committee that meets with community leaders on at least a quarterly basis to discuss and gauge progress.  

In 2019 members of the GRE steering committee joined the cross-sector collective, “Towards A Racially Equitable Monterey County” (TREMC) along with the Monterey County Office of Education, Building Healthy Communities, and Resident Leaders worked to develop a regional GARE training in Monterey county for 2020 to improve participation and make the training more accessible. Part of the funding from this grant will go to support the cost to participate in and bring the training to Monterey County. The key outcomes of funding from this two-year grant are to:

  1. Increased capacity of the City of Salinas employees to deepen a shared understanding of structural racism and its role in perpetuating health and other key life inequities.
  2. Increased understanding of the City of Salinas City Council to deepen collective shared understanding of structural racism and its role in perpetuating health and other key life inequities.
  3. Increased commitment and implementation of healing-informed Governing Alliance for Racial Equity (GARE) Practice across all departments that allows the City of Salinas to make substantive progress toward institutional change.
  4. Participation and engagement of city of Salinas leadership in “Towards a Racially Equitable Monterey County” (TREMC)