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Mayor's Office of Racial Equity

Welcome - Block D

Nourishing and Flourishing with Delight - A mural by Eric B. Ricks, located at 5600 East Capitol St., NE
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Message from the Chief Equity Officer and Director of the Office of Racial Equity,
Dr. Amber A. Hewitt.

Who We Are - Block A

Who We Are

Established by Mayor Bowser in 2021, the Office of Racial Equity, focuses on developing an infrastructure to ensure policy decisions and District programs are evaluated through a racial equity lens.

Carries forward the implementation of the Racial Equity Achieves Results “REACH Act” (D.C. Act 23-521).

Responsible for collaborating with District agencies, residents, and external stakeholders to make meaningful progress toward a more racially equitable city.

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Mission

The Office of Racial Equity (ORE) works in collaboration with District leadership and agencies to apply a racial equity lens across government operations. The office also works to:

Provide leadership, guidance, and technical assistance to District agencies on racial equity to improve the quality of life for Washingtonians.

Promote strategic alignment and coordinate the District’s efforts toward achieving racial equity.

Strengthen external partnerships with local racial and social justice organizations through meaningful community engagement.

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Vision

We envision a District of Columbia where everyone can thrive with a sense of agency and where race will no longer predict opportunities, outcomes, or the distribution of resources.

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Racial Equity Definition

Racial equity is both a process and an outcome. (Source)

As a process, we apply a racial equity lens when those most impacted by structural racial inequity are meaningfully involved in the creation and implementation of the institutional policies and practices that impact their lives.

As an outcome, we achieve racial equity when race will no longer predict opportunities, outcomes, or the distribution of resources for District residents—particularly for communities of color.