Exactly two months ago we gave our dedicated blog followers a sneak peak of the newly selected Equity Advisory Council, before its formal announcement at the National Bike Summit. Since then, the Council has been busy meeting, reviewing League policy and organizational history and informing League resources.
The day before the Summit, all members of the Council gathered for this first time, getting to know each other, becoming familiar with the League’s inner workings, and meeting with the League’s Board of Directors. During the first Council meeting, members learned about League history before launching into a fruitful preliminary discussion about how to update, expand and enhance the organization’s policies, outreach and programming to be more representative and inclusive. The Council then ended the day having dinner with the League’s Board of Directors, who pledged support for the work and (coming) recommendations of the Council.
The Council had its first monthly (virtual) meeting this week, defining and solidifying key terminology around the issue of equity. We will be sharing some of these definitions and terms with you soon. Next on the Council’s buffet-sized plate is setting some concrete goals and outcomes to help keep our collective eyes on the prize: better cycling for ALL!
We’re doing our best to synthesize all the great research, ideas and people we encountered at the Summit; keep up with a fast moving Equity Advisory Council and gather information from YOU about the great work being done around Women and Equity around the country, as well as the best ways to support you in your efforts.
Want to stay connected to the Equity Initiative at the League of American Bicyclists? Stay tuned to this blog, keep a lookout for a dedicated page on our new website and shoot me your questions, suggestions and critiques: email@example.com
(Photo: Equity Advisory Council and League Board dinner. Credit Brian Palmer)
Hamzat SaniHamzat joined the League in September 2012 after working with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Before working in biking, Hamzat worked with Martin Luther King Jr.’s son as a Program Associate at The King Center in Atlanta. A founder of the Red, Bike and Green chapter in Atlanta, Hamzat sees biking as a hub for change on the communal level.
Equity and Outreach Fellow