Race, Equity, & Inclusion Working Group


Race, Equity, & Inclusion Working Group

Established in 2020, the Race, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group will examine SACOG programs and projects, and historical and current planning practices and/or programs through a racial equity lens.

Activities of the working group may include, but are not limited to, discussion, identification, and advancement of the following:

  • Support and drive the implementation of the Race, Equity, and Inclusion framework developed in 2020.
  • Receiving and processing information on the role government played in segregating communities, suppressing home-ownership, and wealth accumulation through land use and transportation planning, policies, and programs.
  • Building race, equity, and inclusion into SACOG’s strategic goals, policies, projects and programs, focusing on changes that have the promise to improve conditions and prevent harm to BIPOC. 
  • Exploring existing data to better understand and make recommendations to reduce racial disparities in economic and social outcomes, access to opportunities, mobility, and transportation, and to create a baseline of indicators to monitor racial equity outcomes.
  • Developing approaches to raise or attract state investment and/or funding programs focused on increasing investment without displacement in BIPOC communities and/or low-income communities.

Working Group Members from SACOG Board


External Working Group Members




SACOG Board of Directors Adopt Racial Equity Statement of Change and Commitment

On February 17, 2022, the SACOG Board of Directors adopted the SACOG Racial Equity Statement of Change and Commitment. The statement sets the foundation for the agency’s racial equity work in the years ahead and kicks off the development of a racial equity action plan which the SACOG Racial Equity and Inclusion (REI) working group will have a prominent role in guiding and shaping over the coming months.

The key elements of this statement are:


2021 Race, Equity, & Inclusion Look Ahead
SACOG adds members of public to working group

Building on the momentum of the working groups’ launch in 2020, the SACOG board has appointed members of the public to participate in the Race, Equity, & Inclusion (REI) Working Group. 

The public members come from organizations serving the region and/or state and bring expertise and experience in moving organizations to advance racial equity in their programs and policies. 

2020 Race, Equity, & Inclusion Overview

2020 Race, Equity, & Inclusion Overview
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In June 2020, then Board Chair Lucas Frerichs and Vice-Chair Ricky Samayoa announced the creation of a working group on race, equity, and inclusion. The work in 2020 was a starting point grounded in issue exploration and direction setting. 

The primary outcomes in 2020 were a third-party equity audit by the McKensie Mack Group and the development of a Framework for Advancing Racial Equity.