The Equity Action Team (EAT) is the community surrounding the Equity Office. Anybody who wants can join the EAT, whether they are City staff, a member of a local community organization, or just an individual who cares about advancing racial equity. The current roster is over 150 members.
To join the EAT, email Brandon Kroos at the following link: Join the EAT.
The EAT contains the individuals who advocated for the creation of the Equity Office, and helped the Office co-create the Equity Assessment Tool. Now, through the monthly meetings the EAT functions as a compass for the Office, ensuring we remain accountable to the communities most directlly affected as we work to advance racial equity in the City of Austin.
There are three committees contained within the Equity Action Team: Community Engagement, Evaluation, and the Equity Academy.
The Community Engagement team works to establish best practices for departments in performing community engagement. Current work focuses on a matrix of community organizations, including where they are located, who they represent, and how they can be reached.
The Evaluation committee is dedicated to performing quality checks on the completed Equity Assessments, ensuring the answers are relevant to the questions and complete. Other work includes support for the Equity Office as they perform analysis and evaluation on departmental budget proposals, bond proposals, and other requirements as assigned to the Office.
The Equity Academy committee is working to establish a curriculum for the trainings and workshops provided by the Equity Office outside of Undoing Racism. The Undoing Racism training is great, however, the Office has found it takes multiple touchpoints and repeated exposure to continue building up City staff to advance racial equity.