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A Webinar to Help Organizations Jump-Start Their Racial Equity Work with GIS

Cities, counties, states, and provinces worldwide address racism to ensure equitable opportunity for their constituents—and geography is critical to the work. State, provincial, and local governments are looking for opportunities to address inequities in developing public policy and services rapidly. Agencies within these same governments turn to GIS to improve decision-making and ensure equitable service delivery. The use of geospatial technology coupled with a robust framework for racial equity provides communities, government, and organizations with tools to empower and accelerate their efforts.

On April 1st, 2021 join Esri for the third installment of the three-part webinar series to learn how state and local governments can leverage GIS to build a more equitable and just world. In this webinar, you will learn about capabilities you can use to jumpstart your efforts to ensure that a person’s race, ethnicity, or other social characteristics do not impact their outcomes in your jurisdictions.

Jump-Start Your Racial Equity Work with GIS—Operationalize Your Racial Equity Impact Assessment
Jump-Start Your Racial Equity Work with GIS—Operationalize Your Racial Equity Impact Assessment

What You’ll Learn

The ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World
ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is the foremost collection of geographic information from around the globe. It includes maps, apps, and data layers to support your racial equity work.

GIS as a Framework for Racial Equity

Esri provides comprehensive GIS and location intelligence resources to support a broad range of racial equity and social justice initiatives.​ In many ways, these resources reflect the emerging and best practices for advancing racial equity and social justice that the leaders working in and around your organizations have been executing and evolving for many years.​

This includes a Racial Equity Workflow derived from emerging and best practices for advancing racial equity and social justice, that we have infused with best practices for GIS and location intelligence.​ The Racial Equity Workflow is a critical aspect of applying GIS as a framework for Racial Equity. Organizations working towards racial justice are always either implicitly or explicitly executing this cycle of engaging communities, mapping and analyzing equity, operationalizing best practices, and managing performance of initiatives. You can learn more about how organizations can execute this workflow with GIS tools on the upcoming webinar.

Racial Equity Workflow
Learn more about the Racial Equity Workflow at

We intend to continue evolving our guidance and capabilities as your needs and efforts to address racial equity evolve. ​Find an overview of how GIS can help organizations address racial equity here.

Screenshot of Esri's Racial Equity Landing Page

Additional Resources

Update 4/6/21: In case you missed it!

About the author

Margot Bordne is an Account Manager on Esri's Global Business Development team and Racial Equity & Social Justice team. Margot supports organizations across industries who leverage GIS to improve their operations and decision making capabilities, with a focus on the use of GIS for advancing equity and social justice. Margot also founded Esri's Women's Enablement & Career Advancement Network (WeCan) and has a Master's Degree in Diversity & Inclusion Leadership at Tufts University.

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