ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque is a growing, majority people-of-color city that is becoming more diverse, a report on racial equity released Tuesday by city officials indicates, but persistent inequities by race and gender hold the city back.
The report, “An Equity Profile of Albuquerque,” examined dozens of indicators of economic and social inclusion and found that equitable growth leads to a stronger local economy.
During a news conference at Civic Plaza, Mayor Tim Keller announced the city’s joint commitment with more than 30 local organizations and more than 150 national organizations to RacialEquityHere.org.
“This cycle of poverty in Albuquerque is not inevitable,” Keller said. “We believe that if we create an economy that works for all of us, we can have an inclusive economy and a place that provides for our children and enables our children to stay here and do what they love.”
The profile, prepared by PolicyLink and the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and in collaboration with a host of community organizations, will serve as a guide for the city’s newly reorganized Office of Equity and Inclusion.
“While much has been written in the past about Albuquerque and New Mexico’s many challenges, this report is a first-of-its kind analysis that outlines how much Albuquerque, as a whole, has to gain from addressing racial and economic equity head-on,” said Michelle Melendez, director of the city’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.