Office of Equity

Equity Forward - A Newsletter from the Office of Equity

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A newsletter archive from the Office of Equity.

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  • Published on April 30, 2021

    What started with over 70 County employees’ desire to join us in our equity work back in January has now been formalized into our Office of Equity Core Team. We are grateful to staff and leadership for the willingness and commitment to this challenging, meaningful, and important work, and give particular thanks to managers, supervisors, and department heads for working with us to support this new area of professional development with the tools and resources provided by our Office to the benefit of each department and agency, and to the County as a whole.

  • Published on March 31, 2021

    As we celebrate and welcome the spring season’s sun and warmth, we also acknowledge the sadness and grief that we feel in the face of recent racist and violent events.

    We stand with our local AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islander) community and hold the pain, fear, and anger that results from these attacks. We stand with those who have lost a loved one to gun violence and hold the grief and despair that results in the aftermath of several mass shootings in just a few days. We stand with our Black community in the painful recounting of George Floyd’s death as his alleged murderer is put on trial. We stand in unity with our BIPOC community and hold the complex combination of anger and sadness with strength and determination to build a better future for our loved ones. 

  • Published on February 27, 2021

    During Black History Month, we ground ourselves in the recognition that the Office of Equity would not be here without the work of Black community leaders and members, and their resounding demands for respect and change.

  • Published on January 29, 2021

    What a windwhirl of emotions this month has been! As we begin our journey into 2021, we share with you Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb,” which she read at President Biden’s inauguration. This poem beautifully captures much of what we have seen and felt over the last few weeks. We are grateful for the hope and light we see, the ability to breathe a little easier now, and we can see how critical our work will continue to be.

  • Published on December 18, 2020

    As we approach the end of an emotionally and physically exhausting year, we want to recognize and celebrate our strength and resilience. 2020 has been fraught with many challenges that have tested us all. Between two record-setting wildfires, a painful and stressful campaign season, and a devastating pandemic, we look back on 2020 with grief and sadness, and we stand to face 2021 with strength and hope.

  • Published on November 5, 2020

    During this time of turmoil and division, we ask our community to consider and center the needs and experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), immigrants, LGBTQ+ folx, and many other groups of people who have experienced harm at the hands of our government throughout the history of this country.

  • Published on October 9, 2020

    On September 22, 2020 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appointed Alegría De La Cruz as the first permanent Director of the Office of Equity.

  • Published on September 4, 2020

    On August 20, 2020, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors officially established the Office of Equity with an immediate focus on addressing the racialized spike in COVID-19 cases and the higher risks and burdens shouldered by the Latinx and indigenous language-speaking communities. The long-term direction for the Office is to develop strategies and tools to achieve racial equity for all Sonoma County residents.

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