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March 8, 2023

Operationalizing Racial Equity in Your Organization




Kathleen Yang-Clayton, PhD joined the faculty in the Department of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2017. She is a Research Fellow at the Great Cities Institute and a member of several national initiatives that integrate public administration and racial equity together from the Kettering Foundation, National League of Cities and the International City/County Management Association. Her current work focuses on the operationalization of racial equity practices inside of large public organizations that increase the public’s trust in government and improves government performance, especially but not exclusively in historically marginalized communities. She was appointed Associate Dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at her college in 2021.

Adam Slade, MPPA, M.Ed, is a Visiting Research Specialist at the Great Cities Institute (GCI) at University of Illinois Chicago. Adam engages in public administration research on racial equity policy and process improvement, organization change transformation, education policy, government budgeting and finance. Previously, Adam worked for the Metropolitan Planning Council focusing on technical assistance to many local units of government around municipal capacity building in the Northeastern Illinois region and advocating for effective government policies. Prior to that Adam was a Senior Consultant at the Government Finance Officers Association, working with city, county, and state government organizations guiding financial process analysis, delivering training and conducting research. His current work focuses on operationalizing racial equity for local government organizations and guiding government and philanthropic community engagement through technical assistance and research.

Addresses ICMA Practice Area:  3 Equity and Inclusion 

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