Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Activities at South Coast AQMD

On June 12, 2020 South Coast AQMD issued a statement in support of the Black community and communities of color committing the agency to be “part of the change,” striving to build bridges, break down barriers, and encourage conversations. South Coast AQMD has since been actively working to deliver progress.

To increase efforts, South Coast AQMD established the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Advisory (IDEA) panel. The IDEA panel is an employee-driven group made up of diverse volunteers from almost every division in the organization.

The goal of the panel is to develop, organize and recommend immediate actions that can be implemented to elicit change. The first meeting was held in August. Since then, the group has met weekly, with both internal employees as well as external agencies, to discuss policy suggestions and other initiatives for recommended implementation at South Coast AQMD.

Along with the IDEA panel, the agency has brought in a speaker to talk about race and equality with employees and is working on scheduling additional speakers and training opportunities in the near future.

The agency has also joined the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network of government organizations working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.

While there are still significant steps to take, South Coast AQMD is committed to its employees and the public and strives to be a leader and model for inclusive policies and actions.

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