The recent pandemic has been a catalyst for recognizing the social illnesses of anti-Black racism; sharp racial gaps in wealth, employment, and digital access; unaffordable housing; and homelessness; that have long plagued LA County. In June 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors declared racism as a public health emergency, recognizing that racism particularly against Black County residents has resulted in disparities across all aspects of public life. With this in mind, the Board of Supervisors adopted a motion to establish an Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Equity Initiative to guide, govern, and drive the County’s commitment to fighting systemic racism, working proactively to change policies and practices over which the County has control.
The Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office (CEO) first partnered with FUSE Corps to support the Executive Director of the Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Equity Initiative in building out a comprehensive strategic plan. Building from that initial work, the CEO will now partner with FUSE Corps to lead a training and education initiative across the County, leading the adoption of and capacity building for this work. The FUSE Executive Fellow will drive a change in culture and climate across the County that builds a movement towards racial equity in County departments and across their programs.