Race and Equity in Carrboro

RE Logo CroppedThe Town of Carrboro is focused on addressing systemic racism and injustice.  We are making efforts to center, elevate and honor equity and engaging voices and experiences of People of Color. This webpage highlights some of our initiatives.

Vision Statement 

The Town of Carrboro envisions being a community where race does not determine outcomes and all have equitable opportunities and resources.  We envision a time when participation in community events, programs and advisory boards represent community demographics.  All will feel safe, secure and know their voice is valued.  We strive to be an inclusive and open-minded organization that has a culture created by its diverse staff, which serves the public through a social (racial) justice lens.

Town of Carrboro and Government Alliance On Race and Equity (GARE) Partnership

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is a national network of governments working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. The Town of Carrboro joined GARE along with many municipalities across the country to help guide us through the process of dismantling structural racial inequity and creating equitable outcomes for all. The Town joined a North Carolina Regional Cohort of local Governments to learn how to address and change policy and institutional norms that are driving the production of inequities. All jurisdictions in Orange County are now members of GARE and are working collectively and individually on this journey.

Racial Equity Dashboard

A dashboard showing at-a-glance views of racial equity within Orange County is now available at  https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/2b39cf29bcc644a7898f1474c053fb0e/ 

The dashboard will be used by the four jurisdictions in Orange County in their work to move the community toward increased equity. Information from the dashboard can be used to provide awareness, track disparity, or inform strategies, grant applications or service provision. It contains statistics on public health, education and economic opportunity as well as those related to living conditions, infrastructure and voting.

Town actions include the following:

  • Town Council adopts updated Racial Equity Commission charge to reflect specific goals and objectives identified by members. (June 20, 2023)
  • Hiring of Carrboro’s first Race and Equity Manager (March 2023)
  • The REAL or Equity Pocket Questions accompany Council Agenda Items to help provide guidance with decision making. (March 7, 2023)
  • Town staff attended Decision Making for Racial Equity training. (January 2023)
  • Offered the foundational training, Advancing Racial Equity, The Role of Government to jurisdictional Elected Officials in Orange County, NC (Nov./Dec. 2022)
  • Carrboro In Motion/Communidad en Movimento launched in fall 2022 to increase neighbor-to-neighbor participation and engagement with a focus on underserved neighbors.https://www.townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2306
  • Town Manager’s appointment of Carrboro’s first Chief Race and Equity Officer (August 2022)
  • Partnered with Public Works to expand non-digital outreach – constructed new Town Information Centers (kiosks). (Summer 2022)
  • Carrboro Town Council adoptsCarrboro Connects 2022-2042 Comprehensive Plan(June 7, 2022)
  • Town departments began use of the Racial Equity Assessment Lens, the REAL to evaluate policies, practices, procedures, and services. (April 2022)
  • o Planning Department creates aweb mapwith demographic information used for the REAL evaluation process (March 2022)
  • Town Council adoptsOne Orange Racial Equity Framework(Feb. 1, 2022)
  • Mayor Damon Seils proclaimsNational Day of Racial Healing in Carrboro(Jan. 18, 2022)
  • Town Council adopts establishment ofRacial Equity Commission(Jan. 19, 2021)
  • Black Lives Matter Mural installed at Century Center (Jan. 14, 2021)
  • Town begins racial equity training for staff. New employees are required to go through Advancing Racial Equity, the Role of Government. (January 2021)
  • Unveiling “truth plaques” at Town Hall (April 2019) and the site of the former Freedmen’s School on East Main Street (August 2021) to acknowledge the ties of the Town’s namesake to racial segregation and other truths about Carrboro’s history
  • Black Lives Matter Mural installed at Communityworx (Dec. 18, 2020)
  • Town Council adoptsSupporting Reparations for Black Carrboro Resolution(Oct. 20, 2020)
  • Town Council adopts Juneteenth as Town Holiday (July 14, 2020)
  • Town partnered with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Building Integrated Communities Initiative to strengthen communication and interpretation services for all residents. 
  • Town Council adopted PRIDE MONTH PROCLAMATION 2023.
  • The Town Council renewed its support for the Temporary Protected Status program for Guatemala and urged the Department of Homeland Security to designate Guatemala as a Temporary Protected Status country.
  • One Orange Racial Equity Framework includes updated Racial Equity Assessment Lens.
  • The Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill co-hosted “Small Town Pride,” a series of celebrations that include, in Carrboro, Orgulla Latinx Pride and culminating in a Pride Food Truck Rodeo & Dance Party.
  • Conducted third Racial Equity Employee Survey.
  • Unveiling of 3rd truth plaque - Strayhorn House - 109 Jones Ferry Road – 1879 Past and Present, first Black family in Carrboro.
  • Incorporated equity competencies in updated Employee Performance Evaluation tool.
  • The Town of Carrboro’s Community Safety Task Force partnered with IFC on conducting phone banking conversations, community canvassing and a listening Sessions at the Jackson Center to receive community input on feeling safe and policing.
  • Town Council adopted HISPANIC MONTH PROCLAMATION 2023.
  • OneOrange created a Racial Equity Index dashboard that shows at-a-glance views of racial data within Orange County. Orange County and the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough will use the dashboard to increase equity in their communities, provide awareness and track disparity. It will also inform strategies, grant applications, or service provision.
  • Reached 25% completion rate of Town wide REAL evaluations – policies, practices, procedures, and services.
  • Incorporated additional community engagement elements in the Town’s Engagement Plan.
  • Began working with the consultant on the disparity study that will inform changes to the Town’s procurement policies.
  • Carrboro Town Council designated December 13, 2023, and every December 13th thereafter, as “Braxton Dunkin Foushee Day of Service” in Carrboro, on which day the Town encourages the residents of Carrboro to learn and reflect on Carrboro's Black history and perform an act of service to their neighbors or the community.
  • The Community Safety Task Force presented a recommendation report to the Town Council about Carrboro safety and alternatives to policing on November 14, 2023.
  • Town Council voted to rename East and West Carr St to Braxton Foushee Street on November 29, 2023.
  • The Town Council adopted the first racial equity action plan, Weaving Equity in Carrboro Town Government on November 29, 2023.