equity arcata is a partnership between the city of arcata, cal poly humboldt, local businesses and members of the community working to make arcata a more inclusive and welcoming environment for people of color.

equity arcata volunteer working groups aim to support community issues and create strategies to:

  • raise awareness of racial inequities in our community both past & present

  • develop a community bias reporting tool & a community response team

  • develop equity communications & education outreach

  • create strategies to help increase housing equity

  • organize opportunities for artistic expression & dialogue

  • offer & expand diversity & inclusion learning opportunities for local businesses, in the tk-12 school system and in the community

  • build bridges between law enforcement, students and non-student members of the community

  • host community-building events


equity arcata was recognized as a 2018 promising practice by the paul j. aicher foundation.

our purpose is to create a welcoming, safe and racially equitable community.
we envision an arcata that believes we are a better community because of our growing racial diversity, where new residents and humboldt state university students are successful and feel supported within the community.

our partners
equity arcata is a collaborative partnership between city of arcata officials, cal poly humboldt, community members and representatives of local businesses & nonprofits.


equity arcata's story begins in 2016 when the tri-sctor equity alliance was founded by leaders representing the city of arcata and cal poly humboldt.

this informal group met regularly over the next year with members of the arcata business community to address racism and topics including diversity, inclusion, policing concerns and challenges expressed by undocumented members of the community.

after cal poly humboldt students of color shared their experiences and asked city officials and other leaders to work on solutions, the tri-sector equity alliance sponsored a workshop where 65 participants from different sectors of the community and took part in a day-long planning session.

attendees brought their experiences, opinions and questions to the table. in breakout sessions, groups confronted a wide range of challenges such as housing discrimination and cultural diversity in the tk-12 school curriculum.

based on their work, equity arcata was officially established in 2017 as an effort to make arcata a more inclusive and welcoming environment for people of color.