Racial Equity & Community Engagement Community Advisory Committee

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Racial Equity and Community Engagement Response Team (RECERT) was formed in April 2020. Recognizing the importance and value of leading with race, to address compounded disproportionality and ensure community voice is in decision-making processes, the response team is forming a RECERT Community Advisory Committee.

The RECERT Advisory Committee will advise the RECERT Response Team on the plans, priorities, policies, systems and environmental changes with a racial equity lens. Members serve as one source — among several — with whom Ramsey County leaders and staff can consult and co-create solutions to help elevate the needs, wants and voices of racially and ethnically diverse communities during the COVID-19 response.

Ramsey County currently is seeking up to 15 racially, ethnically and culturally diverse community members and agency representatives who have trusted relationships and engagement with racial, ethnic and cultural communities. 

Submit an interest form

Deadline for submission is Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. CST.  

Submit a Notice of Interest online

Advisory committee proposed duties

Learn: Understand Ramsey County's vision and strategy to advance racial equity during the COVID-19 response.

Evaluate: Review and evaluate the racial equity action plan, current policies, practices and procedures that impact racial and ethnic communities during the COVID-19 response.

Plan: Co-develop strategies with the Race Equity Response Team outlining unmet needs of residents.

Participate: Attend and actively participate in virtual RECERT Advisory Committee meetings, including involvement in one focus area sub-group.  

  • Up to a six-month time commitment is required from all members (May 2020 - October 2020), with the possibility of an extension.
  • Committee meetings will occur weekly or until decided otherwise determined.
  • Community members will be compensated for their time, knowledge and expertise over a 6-month time period.  If representing an organization, the agency may be compensated.   
  • Call-in or internet-based remote access will be required.
  • Meetings will be action-based.
  • Focus area sub-groups meeting may meet outside of the larger advisory committee meetings.
  • Accessibility or language needs will be accommodated with timely and appropriate notice.

How will advisory members be chosen?

Individuals and representatives with the following characteristics are encouraged to apply:

  • Connection and trusted relationships with local historically marginalized racial, ethnic and cultural communities.
  • Lived experience as a member of a racial, ethnic, cultural community.
  • Experience/expertise in specific domains including education, employment, health, housing, economic development, income, human services, justice and/or transportation.
  • A commitment to racial equity and social justice.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experiences.
  • The ability to represent the geographic and demographic diversity of Ramsey County.

Preference is given to Ramsey County residents. Individuals with lived experience or who have been harmed and/or impacted by institutional racism in the area of education, employment, health, housing, income, justice and transportation are encouraged to apply.

Final decision of committee members and notification will occur on Monday, May 4, 2020.

The first advisory committee meeting and orientation will occur on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. online via Zoom.

Additional background

Historically, racial and ethnic communities have been impacted by the trauma of lived experiences, racism and mistrust of government. Health care systems have taken advantage of their despair, pain and suffering. Racial and ethnic communities are often blamed for the disease and socioeconomic outcomes that results in the disparities we see today.

Ramsey County must be conscious of what has happened in other jurisdictions as we see disproportionate numbers of racial and ethnic communities across the nation who have contracted COVID-19 and died from its complications. We recognize the road to health and economic recovery is significantly impacted by the root causes of historical racism, poverty and other inequalities. 

Ramsey County has committed to advancing racial and health equity in all decision-making and inclusive, effective and meaningful community engagement are two of its strategic priorities. Ramsey County has a responsibility to address the racial inequities and injustices faced by the racial, ethnic and cultural communities including: Black, American Indian, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, African Born, other immigrant and refugee communities, and people with disabilities during this pandemic.