Office of Equity and Racial Justice: What We Do

Embedding Equity in County Operations

GARE Elements of Change for Racial Equity Diagram

As part of the Government Alliance on Racial Equity (GARE), OERJ is leading the County of San Diego's implementation of data-driven tools and processes that center equity throughout the organization. These interventions will help departments identify disparities in their services and operations and actively create plans to address them. OERJ also supports initiatives that address inequities on a systemic level across departments.

Below are some examples of how we are integrating GARE's elements of change for racial equity at the County of San Diego:

  • VISUALIZE: Add Equity and Belonging to County's top values and articulate commitment to disrupting the status quo of inequitable access and outcomes.
  • NORMALIZE: Convene and participate in working groups that cover topics such as Equity in Contracting, Gender Identity and Expression, and Alternatives to Incarceration. Develop and offer trainings related to racial equity, systemic issues, and anti-racism.
  • ORGANIZE: Recruit and train departmental Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Teams to carry out County's "Equity 2.0" vision. 
  • OPERATIONALIZE: Develop tools such as Board Letter Equity Impact Statements and Budget Equity Questionnaires that help departments weave equity into their operational and programmatic planning.

Programs & Initiatives

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County of San Diego Leon L. Williams Human Relations Commission


OERJ provides administrative support to the Leon L. Williams Human Relations Commission, which was reestablished in 2020 to promote positive human relations, respect, and the integrity of every individual regardless of gender, religion, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or citizenship status.