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Apply a Racial Equity Lens Using GIS

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What is a racial equity lens?

Explore and analyze experiences and outcomes based on race and other social categories and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage. Enhance your racial equity lens with location intelligence so you can understand and address disparities across communities based on race, gender, language, religion, orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, and many other factors.

Design and drive initiatives for racial justice

Organizations worldwide are working to end long-persisting racial inequalities, and location intelligence is critical to those efforts. Applying a racial equity lens in a geospatial context helps leaders in government, community organizations, and businesses understand the complexities of racial disparities. With insight into inequities, barriers, and opportunities for more equitable outcomes, maps and dashboards help optimize your efforts to have a positive impact on your community and achieve racial justice.

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Anticipate risk and vulnerability

Adding location to a racial lens will help identify, act on, and eliminate persisting racial disparities across your community. Examine how communities of color will likely be affected by an event or policy change to help minimize unanticipated consequences. Perform a racial equity impact assessment while changing policies, planning initiatives, and implementing programs. Use maps and spatial analysis to determine whether proposed policies, organizational practices, initiatives, and funding decisions will benefit communities of color or create a burden. Use location intelligence to reveal opportunities to advance racial justice.

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Operationalize racial equity and social justice

Integrate racial justice into policy making, services, programs, and budgeting by adding location intelligence. GIS can help you develop strategies and actions that reduce racial inequities and lift your entire community. Develop and implement policies and programs with thoughtful consideration of racial equity to avoid perpetuating racial inequities in operations and decision-making.

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GIS and location intelligence capabilities enable your racial equity lens


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