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Map and better understand racial inequity

Location intelligence can help build a more equitable and just world where a person's race or ethnicity does not impact their outcomes. Mapping and GIS can provide insight into patterns of inequality and bring communities together around a common understanding to drive change.

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GIS workflows to achieve racial equity


Engage communities and partners

Engage communities and partners through storytelling; crowdsourcing; and sharing initiative-focused content that increases awareness, understanding, and collaboration on the topic of racial inequities and efforts toward racial justice.

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Map and analyze inequities

Apply a racial-equity lens through maps and spatial analysis to reveal and understand inequities in experiences and outcomes within your community. Locate populations of concern, identify barriers to equality, and support informed and equitable decision-making.

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Operationalize racial-justice best practices

Design and plan equitable allocations of resources, alleviating burdens on communities of color. Enhance the delivery of services for racially equitable outcomes by using maps and spatial analysis and collecting the right location, demographic, and operational data needed to support racial justice.


Manage performance for racial equity

Manage and analyze the performance of initiatives and services to understand and measure meaningful impact. Leverage decision-making tools to visualize racial inequities at a glance so that you can adapt strategies and operations accordingly.

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Racial Equity Community Outreach solution
Local governments can use this solution to communicate progress on racial-equity initiatives to the general public and other stakeholders.
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Police Transparency solution
Police Transparency solution can be used to share information and communicate engagement efforts that build trust with the general public and community stakeholders.
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Racial Equity GIS Hub
Visit the Racial Equity GIS Hub to find relevant data layers, user examples, training, solutions, and other resources to help in your work for racial justice.
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Relevant data sources
Explore authoritative geospatial data to visualize and analyze population variables such as race and ethnicity, internet access by age and race, race with highest median income, disability status, and more.
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Stories of GIS for equity and social justice

Learn how others are already using GIS and mapping with a racial equity lens to advance social justice.

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Nonprofit Technology Conference 2021 and GIS

Explore highlights from the Nonprofit Technology Conference to see how mapping, location data, and analytics are used to address racial and social inequalities and support food security.

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Territorial Empathy Maps Racial Inequality to Take Action

Territorial Empathy applies location intelligence to identify outcomes linked to racial inequality in order to solve crises and create empathy.


Supporting Water Justice for Indigenous People

Dr. Kelsey Leonard, Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo and citizen of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, explains how the combination of technology and tradition helps safeguard water rights for indigenous communities.

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GIS for Racial Equity & Justice

Location intelligence can help build a more equitable world. Learn how mapping and GIS can provide insight into patterns of inequality and bring communities together around a common understanding to drive change.


Putting Indigenous Place-Names and Languages Back on Maps

Existing GIS ecosystems need to be designed in ways that support Indigenous data sovereignty and visibility—for the benefit of all.


Racial Equity: How Technology Can Accelerate Social Justice

Darlene Flynn, community activist and Director of the Department of Race and Equity in Oakland, California, discusses how technology is being used to dismantle racial inequity across organizations.


Digital Transformation at One of the World’s Oldest NGOs: YMCA

Maria-Alicia Serrano, senior director of research, analytics and insights for YMCA, explains the power of data and visualization to match programs and services to member needs. Learn how the Y relies on sophisticated mapping and analysis to strategically improve communities.

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San Rafael Supports Minority-Owned Businesses with Open Restaurants

The Northern California city of San Rafael created an interactive online map of open restaurants with an added map layer highlighting minority-owned eateries.

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Esri Community

Join others in the GIS for Equity and Social Justice community to connect, collaborate, and share best practices on these topics. Ask questions or share your expertise.

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