When the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners declared racism a public health and safety crisis in August of 2020, it signaled the confluence of meaningful community action and a legislative commitment to dismantling systemic racism within Buncombe County governmental operations. While the 2025 Buncombe County Strategic Plan places equity as both a foundational focus area and a value, none of the stated goals or objectives can be met without first developing a Racial Equity Action Plan to help us create the path there.
The Buncombe County Equity and Inclusion Workgroup has diligently been working on action steps to make that vision a reality. Following a series of employee engagement opportunities, the Workgroup is taking the draft Racial Equity Action Plan to the community for feedback.
Community members are invited to join the Workgroup to talk about the plan and share ideas for how to improve it before it goes to the Board of Commissioners for adoption. The community sessions will be held virtually:
Racial Equity Action Plan Events
The April 8 event will also be streamed live on Buncombe County Government Facebook. All community sessions also will offer live Spanish translation.
The Workgroup also will meet with small groups of environmental, equity, justice, faith, health, wellness, education, economic, housing, and youth partners. An additional session for members of our Latinx community will also be held. For more information on small group sessions, email Rasheeda McDaniels at PRteam@buncombecounty.org.
To view the Racial Equity Action Plan, click here.
Para español haga clic aquí.