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Reports + Publications Advancing Racial Equity at the San Francisco Human Services Agency: Opportunities in Hiring, Promotion, & Organizational Culture

HSA is committed to cultivating a workplace environment in which HSA employees of all racial and ethnic backgrounds feel respected, valued, and supported to carry out the Agency’s mission. As part of this commitment, HSA has joined the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network of local and regional governments dedicated to achieving racial equity.

After an 18-month strategic planning process guided by the HSA Racial Equity Workgroup, a new report, Advancing Racial Equity at the San Francisco Human Services Agency: Opportunities in Hiring, Promotion, & Organizational Culture, was published laying the foundation for HSA’s efforts to systematically identify and address racial inequities at the Agency – and ultimately contribute to a collective Citywide effort.

The 15-member, diverse work group of HSA employees led the inclusive process involving focus groups and stakeholder interviews with over 70 staff members at all levels of the Agency, plus labor representatives; a case study of hiring trends; and a review of research on best practices for advancing racial equity in the public sector.

The report’s recommendations weave racial equity into HSA services, staffing, and departmental policies in the long term, starting with the creation of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to oversee implementation of the recommendations.

Read the full report and executive summary.

Contact HSA-GARE@sfgov.org for more information.