The City of Lancaster is Committed to Equity

The City of Lancaster is committed to building a stronger and more equitable Lancaster, block by block. The City has made commitments to racial and social equity across all departments. Some of this work started more than two years ago, and some is new. See the initial list of Equity Commitments launched in June 2020, the Progress Report from December 2020, and other key information below.

 

While the City has made these commitments, city government is just one piece of the equation. It will take all of us, business leaders, elected officials, nonprofit leaders, faith community leaders, and neighbors working together to build a more equitable Lancaster. Let’s get to work!

Lancaster Can Lead the Way on Racial Justice

Hear from Mayor Sorace on how Lancaster is uniquely positioned to take up the charge of addressing racial inequities in our community.

Working to make the Fire Bureau Reflect Our Community

See LNP + LancasterOnline’s coverage of the City of Lancaster Fire Bureau’s efforts to work toward making Lancaster’s firefighters reflect the community it serves.

YWCA Lancaster Embraces Thaddeus Stevens’ Example

Stacie Blake, CEO of YWCA Lancaster, talks about how their organization is embracing the legacy of Thaddeus Stevens to push our community forward on racial equity.

Put the Same Energy Toward Racism that we do COVID-19 Response

This past summer, Mayor Sorace presents a vision for confronting racism as we do COVID-19 through a collabrative, community-wide approach to meet the urgent needs of our residents.

Mayor Sorace pledges racial equity in addressing policing, city jobs, housing

Read LNP + LancasterOnline’s coverage of the City of Lancaster’s release of equity commitments addressing racial and social inequities within city services and operations.

The Community & Police Working Group

The Community & Police Working Group is made up of representatives from the City of Lancaster government, the City of Lancaster Bureau of Police, the Lancaster branch of the NAACP, representatives from community benefit organizations, clergy, and city residents.

Since its formation in the summer of 2018, the group has made strides towards improving trust and cooperation between the Lancaster City Bureau of Police and the public it serves.

The City of Lancaster’s Language Access Plan

The City of Lancaster is working to implement a language access plan across all departments to increase our ability to communicate with all of Lancaster’s residents especially those who are not native English speakers. From establishing a “language line” where City employees can access live translators to translating important documents and communications into multiple languages, the City is taking steps to make sure we can connect and inform all residents.

The City’s Internal Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Work

The City of Lancaster is one of the most diverse cities of its size nationwide. It is a stated goal of the Sorace Administration to build a city workforce that reflects our city and prioritizes hiring city residents. The foundation for this work is an inclusive culture where team members feel that their contributions are valued and that they belong.

Under the leadership of the City of Lancaster’s Leadership Development & Diversity Manager, Sharon Allen-Spann, the City is working to build this inclusive culture and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across all departments.