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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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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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The City of Oakland’s Department of Race & Equity uses location intelligence to surface, share, and act on inequities that Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) face.

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Mapping helped the Driven by Justice Coalition show the disproportionate rates and numbers of driver’s license suspensions for unpaid traffic tickets in communities of color and low-income.

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Geography provides a lens to examine unique perspectives, understand inequities, and take action.


A collaborative of civil rights organizations is using geospatial data to help in the effort to improve response rates among the populations that are hard to count.


Maps and spatial analytics form a common language among city administrators, nonprofits, and students in Los Angeles to understand shade equity and address inequality. A unique partnership among the City of LA, Cal State LA, and nonprofits aligns student instruction and internships with pressing community needs.


After pledging to address racial equity and diversity and inclusion, business executives turn to location analytics for insight on how to turn goals into meaningful action.

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The Mapping Prejudice Project has uncovered 20,000 racially restrictive deeds in Minneapolis, and researchers have mapped the ongoing impacts.

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California's new Fair Maps Act has taken cues from the Dolores Huerta Foundation to make certain that district maps match the demographic makeup of a community. Maps provide a common ground to display divisions that are unfair to Latino and Sikh populations.

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

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