Grand Rapids joins ‘Racial Equity Here’ program

The Calder in downtown Grand Rapids (file photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids is participating in a new project aimed at improving racial equity.

As part of the Racial Equity Here program, the city will assess racial equity in its operations to determine how it affects minorities and may perpetuate disparities. Over the next two years, it will create an action plan aimed at increasing equity.

Five cities that demonstrated a commitment to improving racial equity were chosen for the project. The other four are Albuquerque, Austin, Louisville and Philadelphia.

Each participating city is getting $25,000 annually from Living Cities to fund the project, plus another $50,00 to fund their plain to improve equity. The Government Alliance on Race and Equity will also provide resources and training.

The project comes as the Grand Rapids Police Department is working to improve its relations with the community, including having officers complete implicit bias training and preparing to commission studies on racial disparities in traffic stops and arrests.

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