Salem News: City set to tackle issues of race, equity

A year after a racial equity audit showed stark disparities in income and opportunities for people of color in Beverly, city officials say they are ready to act on the audit’s recommendations.

The consultant who conducted the audit told the City Council Monday night that the company will work with the city to hold workshops and discussions to determine what changes need to be made to meet diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging standards, and how staffers and departments will hold themselves accountable.

City Councilors Estelle Rand, Hannah Bowen, Kathleen Feldman and Julie Flowers said they are excited that the city is tackling the problem of improving diversity and reaching people who otherwise do not interact with city government.

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