Join us as we build the foundations of a more equitable Gainesville


The City of Gainesville is working to create a more equitable community from contracting to hiring practices to understanding our own unconscious partiality. Join us for our equity kickoff Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Heartwood Soundstage (619 S. Main St.) as we expand our equity and inclusion work in 2020.

The City of Gainesville Race and Equity Subcommittee, at-large City Commissioner Gail Johnson and Equal Opportunity Director Teneeshia Marshall invite you to:

  • Listen to an update about the work the city has been doing to address racial equity
  • Introduce the framework for the expansion of this work into the community and with our large institutions
  • Co-create a community wide resolution committing to racial equity in Gainesville
  • Hear real-life examples from other government entities utilizing the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) racial equity framework
  • Discuss best practices and lessons learned from those engaged in this work
  • Better understand our own implicit biases and systemic racism

Kimberlee Archie, director of the Office of Equity & Inclusion in Asheville, NC, will engage in discussion on her experience overseeing this work over the last year in North Carolina, including a realistic look at the successes and challenges faced.

Kate A. Ratliff, assistant professor of psychology at UF and executive director of Project Implicit Inc., will lead the audience through a social cognition exercise that will help people identify feelings and thoughts that may exist outside of conscious awareness.

There will be light hors d' oeuvres and supervised activities for kids.