Racial Equity Commission

About the Racial Equity Commission 

Created in Sept. 2020, the Racial Equity Commission consists of five residents and three ex-officios nominated by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. 

This commission is tasked with reviewing City policies and procedures to ensure racial equity is a core element of government, along with making recommendations to officials on ways to promote racial justice and equity in Jackson. 

Vision Statement

A vibrant city free of structural racism, actively engaged in eliminating racial prejudice and repairing the harm caused by racial inequities to achieve equity for Jackson’s historically marginalized, disenfranchised and oppressed citizens of color in personal, social, educational, economic, systemic and structural arenas.

Mission Statement 

To transform city policies, practices, and processes and to awaken, educate, train, and activate ALL to invest in interrupting and reversing racism, the impacts of racism, and racial prejudice wherever encountered.


To Racially Revolutionize Jackson.

Recommended Resources

This section is dedicated to the many resources that members of the Racial Equity Commission have read, watched, explored, trust, and now recommend to you. This list is not exhaustive, and we will periodically add to it as we discover more recommended sources.  The resource list is available on this page in a PDF document.


The Racial Equity Commission meets the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m., unless otherwise decided. Meetings are held in the 10th Floor Conference Room of Jackson City Hall, 161 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201.  The following is a list of 2023 meeting dates: 

  • Jan. 10
  • Feb. 7
  • March 7
  • April 4
  • May 2
  • June 6
  • July 11
  • Aug. 1
  • Sept. 5
  • Oct. 3
  • Nov. 7
  • Dec. 5

The latest meeting information is posted on the City Meeting and Event CalendarFuture meeting agendas will be posted in the Agenda and Minutes Center. 

Serve on the Racial Equity Commission 

An application to serve on the Racial Equity Commission is available through the City website.