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Equity & Human Rights Office

When the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners declared racism a public health and safety crisis in August of 2020, it signaled the confluence of a legislative commitment to dismantling systemic racism within Buncombe County governmental operations with meaningful community action. The 2025 Buncombe County Strategic Plan places equity as both a foundational focus area and a value, and so in order to build meaningful momentum, an Equity & Inclusion workgroup was formed. Despite the pandemic, the team continued to meet to build a plan to guide racial equity in Buncombe County moving forward.

Buncombe County staff applied to volunteer for three-year terms to help not only build that path, but also create the measures that help us stay the course to meet the goals outlined in this plan.

The Equity & Inclusion Workgroup is focused on building a sustainable culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in our community. While inequities and lack of inclusion exist across all areas - race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, and more, we are beginning with racial equity because of pronounced disparities in this area. Because we know that there are the largest disparities by race across all sectors, focusing on racial equity helps us to get our systems and structures in place in order.

An ordinance that bolsters Buncombe County’s commitment toward its 2025 Strategic Plan goal of increasing equity was approved by Commissioners during their April 20, 2021 meeting. The nondiscrimination ordinance protects access to private employment and public accommodations. The ordinance defines discrimination as any difference in treatment based on race, natural hair or hairstyles, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, marital or familial status, pregnancy, veteran status, religious belief or non-belief, age, or disability. Read the resolution in its entirety.

Meet Our Team

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To request a meeting with the Equity & Human Rights Office, please use the following forms:

For Members of the Public: Request a Meeting
For Buncombe County Staff: Request a Meeting - Internal


Click or tap the button below to File a Complaint or learn more about process.

File Discrimination Complaint

Picture of Award for MEET team earning the NACo 2023 Achievement Award for the Racial Equity Training

Our MEET team earned the NACo 2023 Achievement Award for the Racial Equity Training

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Equity & Human Rights Office


Equity & Human
Rights Office
P: (828) 250-6523

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Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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