GREENSBORO – (March 27, 2008) – Ten years ago, the City of Greensboro’s Department of Human Relations produced a “State of Human Relations” (SOHR) that examined the challenges facing Greensboro as it entered the 21st Century. This year, a new report will be produced to examine the current issues in human relations and to determine what progress has been made in the last decade. Like its predecessor, this study will be a collaboration between the Human Relations Department, the City’s Human Relations Commission, and the Commission on the Status of Women.
“This is one of the most important projects that the Human Relations Commission is doing this year,” said Commission Chair Wayne Abraham.
The City selected the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to conduct this study. UNCG will partner with North Carolina A&T State University to:
1. Assess perceptions of equality in:
• Employment opportunities
• Fair housing
• Educational opportunities
• Law enforcement/administration of justice
• Affirmative action
2. Identify accomplishments and areas of progress in human relations in Greensboro that have led to improving relations between residents.
3. Identify current/contemporary human relations issues facing Greensboro that, if not addressed, could impede progress as a city.
4. Examine future human relations challenges in Greensboro.
The university teams, led by Ruth DeHoog of UNCG and Robert Davis of NC A&T, will conduct community meetings and discussions during the next few weeks to encourage residents to voice their opinions and feelings about barriers to accessing opportunities and resources in Greensboro. A meeting will be held in each of the five City Council districts:
Thurs., April 3, 6-8 pm, Christ Lutheran Church, 3600 Lawndale Ave. (District 3)
Sat., April 5, 10 am-12 pm, Immanuel Baptist Church, 2432 High Point Rd. (District 5)
Tues., April 8, 6-8 pm, Peeler Recreation Center, 1300 Sykes Ave. (District 2)
Tues., April 8, 6-8 pm, Peace United Church of Christ, 2714 W. Market St. (District 4)
Sat., April 12, 10 am-12 pm, Shiloh Baptist Church, 1210 S. Eugene St. (District 1)
Each meeting will begin with a brief information session, followed by small group discussions. Refreshments will be served. All residents of the Greensboro area are welcome to attend and share their perspectives and experiences. Those residents who are unable to attend the meeting in their Council district may attend any of the other meetings.
At the conclusion of the study, a report will be developed detailing the state of human relations in Greensboro. The report will include conclusions and recommendations that the Human Relations Department and both Commissions will use to guide and direct the Department’s five-year strategic plan for its human relations activities. Additionally, based on the report’s information and applicability, the Commissions will make specific recommendations to City Council for its information, review, and, if deemed appropriate, approval.
Dr. Anthony Wade, director of the City’s Human Relations Department, said he is excited about the collaboration between the City and the local universities and the effect that the study can have on Greensboro.
“I believe that the study will provide significant information and recommendations to foster positive human relations in our community,” he said.
The City works with the community to improve the quality of life for residents through inclusion, diversity, and trust. As the seventh largest employer in Greensboro, the City has a professional staff of 2,800 employees who maintain the values of honesty, integrity, stewardship, and respect. The City is governed by a council-manager form of government with a mayor and eight council members. For more information on the City, visit www.greensboro-nc.gov or call 373-CITY (2489).