Tag Archives: Equity Office

Monday, February 24, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin’s Equity Office

Brion Oaks and Kellee Coleman head up the city’s Equity Office. Today they join Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about the creation and mission of their office and how they are working with city…

Friday, July 27, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Equity Office proposes renaming 7 Confederate streets – and even the city itself

The Equity Office is recommending the city remove or change the names of streets, parks and markers in Austin that honor the Confederate States of America and slavery.The office also suggests eschewing the name “Austin” altogether, as Stephen F. Austin…

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Equity Office tries to make good on year-old institutional racism report

Austin’s Equity Office is considering how to make good on a report published last April that laid out more than 200 recommendations for how the city can combat institutional racism.“We sent out the report to all of our city departments and…

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Equity Office asks city to look through a new lens

In the fall of 2016, the city of Austin readjusted its rudder and straightened itself on a course toward equity. Ten months ago, Brion Oaks stepped in as the chief equity officer of the newly established Equity Office, which is…

Monday, June 26, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: What is equity, really?

There’s always a silver lining… If you only read the transcript of Mary Owens’ remarks to City Council during Citizen Communication on Thursday – and therefore could not hear the frustration and contempt conveyed by the tone of her voice…

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by Cate Malek

Newly created Equity Office to address lack of equal representation in city government

Austin is a majority-minority city, or, in other words, a city where no demographic group forms a majority of the population. But that status presents considerable challenges when it comes to making sure Austin’s diverse population is represented equally in…

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