Advancing Racial and Social Equity in Asheville

Kimberlee Archie, Director of Equity & Inclusion

The City of Asheville’s recently established Equity and Inclusion function is a deliberate step toward advancing equity in Asheville, with racial and social equity as top priorities.

The city of Asheville’s Equity Director plays a unique role toward maximizing the access and opportunities that all people have to satisfy essential needs, advance their well-being, and achieve their full potential.

Kimberlee Archie has been with the city of Asheville since July 2017, serving as the City’s first Equity and Inclusion Manager. Her undergraduate degree in social welfare is from the University of Washington and her graduate degree in education, with a concentration in training and performance improvement, is from Capella University.

Archie’s background positions her to lead city efforts to support a diverse and inclusive community. Beginning in Washington state in the mental health field, Archie went on to become a Family Support Director for a youth service bureau, and she directed an early learning and youth development initiative for the United Way of King County. Archie’s focus on racial equity and social justice began through her work at an Annie E. Casey Foundation Making Connections site and deepened as the Deputy Director of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Archie has facilitated workshops, taught courses and presented at conferences on subjects such as inclusive public engagement, race and equity, leadership development, strategic planning, and cultural competence. Her passion is to facilitate and support the growth and development of others.

As Equity and Inclusion Director, Archie works with internal and external partners, nonprofits, the public, and stakeholders to establish the use of an equity lens in all city programs and policies. Archie has instituted and organized an Equity Core Team of city employees representing all departments who are ambassadors, leaders, organizers, and facilitators of advancing the Racial Equity Framework.

What is the difference between Equity and Equality?

Equality focuses on giving everyone the same thing, regardless of outcomes. Equality works when everyone starts from the same place.

Equity is fairness. It’s ensuring that people have access to the same opportunities or services we administer or deliver, directly or by contract.

Inclusive engagement of Asheville’s residents is demonstrated through meeting community where they are and working collaboratively to ensure their voices are valued.

For more information, contact karchie@ashevillenc.gov or by phone at (828) 232-4517.

 

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