The 2020 USDN EDI Fellow will be engaged in the City of Tempe’s Equity in Action (EiA) program that is the first of its kind in the State of Arizona to focus on dismantling structural racism and reducing barriers to equitable engagement in government decision-making. The Equity in Action project strategically recruits a coalition of social justice and community leaders and organizations to advise the city on approaching equity and incorporating the needs of frontline communities and people of color into city-wide planning processes. The coalition will be compensated for their time in co-developing new equitable engagement metrics and decision-making processes with a diverse committee of City staff members and the fellow. The fellow will help to co-create an “Equitable Community Engagement Framework” (ECE Framework), which the coalition and city staff will work together to use in reviewing current policies, practices, and materials for opportunities to increase equity in city decision making. Lastly, the fellow will work to translate the ECE Framework into Tempe’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2021 Update outreach and development processes.
Due to safety concerns around the COVID-19 epidemic, the fellow should expect to work remotely and have telecommuting capabilities and access to high-speed internet for the duration of the fellowship. Local candidates are preferred.