Community may soon see progress on Lansing’s racial justice goals – Lansing State Journal – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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LANSING — The Lansing community will begin to see progress on the city’s racial justice and equity plan in January 2022, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team says. 

The team has been focusing primarily on training and other internal matters but hopes to see more external progress once the City Council approves the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion board and Mayor Andy Schor appoints board members.

The DEI board is separate from the DEI team, which Schor tasked with determining how to best implement the goals outlined in the Mayor’s Racial Justice and Equity Alliance report in August. 

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In that report, which Schor approved and released in August, several dozen goals have deadlines or milestones that the creators wanted to meet for fiscal year 2021 (which ended June 30) and calendar year 2021. 

Few of those goals have been met. 

Kim Coleman, Lansing’s Human Relations and Community Services director, said this is because many of the deadlines and milestones in the report were set by people who don’t necessarily have a strong understanding of local government and how slow it can work.

Once the DEI board is ap

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