Now Online: 2021 Equity Council Annual Report


Now Online: 2021 Equity Council Annual Report

  • Report summarizes initiatives implemented by the Equity Council in 2021 such as: Quicker payments for micro and small businesses; The CRIO Ambassador Program and many others
  • Mayor formed 10-member Equity Council in 2019 to identify opportunities in city departments to create greater equity.
  • Access the full report on Detroit Equity Council’s webpage

The City’s Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity (CRIO) has published its 2021 Equity Council Annual Report, which outlines efforts to increase opportunity for Detroiters, Black businesses, and within city departments. Mayor Mike Duggan launched the Detroit Equity Council as a strategic approach to galvanize government leaders, break down barriers to opportunity and to build prosperity for Detroit residents.

Duggan appointed CRIO Director, Kimberly Rustem as chair and an additional nine department leaders as members of the council.

“I gave the Equity Council the mission of eliminating barriers to equity in eight key areas of city government – human resources, procurement, land and development, entrepreneurship, housing, jobs, climate and criminal justice,” said Mayor Duggan. “I’m happy to see the current changes and look forward to more accomplishments in 2022.”

The Detroit Equity Council is a 10-member, mayor-appointed team of interdepartmental collaborators who listen to the concerns of our constituent groups and residents to identify systemic solutions for change. The Council is committed to successful data-driven initiatives that drive demographic parity and catalyze change for Detroiters.

“We know that the path to a more equitable future is a long one. But with persistence and a renewed sense of our leadership roles, as champions for equity in government, we will continue to do the work of building a fairer tomorrow,” said Kimberly Rustem.

The city and its partners work to improve housing, entrepreneurship, jobs, and procurement opportunities as well as land access and criminal justice for Detroiters. Learn more on their website at Detroit Equity Council.