equity arcata working groups

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equity arcata's volunteer working groups include:

bias reporting

working to develop connections between vulnerable communities, local support and law enforcement by creating an online mapping & reporting system that allows individuals to document their experiences of bias & discrimination in the community, in addition to highlighting places that are welcoming & inclusive. Now housed by Mckinleyville Family Resource Center

led by: jennifer eichstedt & sharrone blanck

contact: jennifer.eichstedt@humboldt.edu


working to create racially equitable marketing & communications practices with cultural humility top of mind. we believe in the importance of looking at traditional marketing & communications methods with a racial equity lens in order to create inclusive messaging for all.

led by:  cati gallardo

contact: cgallardo@cityofarcata.org

home away from home

in the spirit of camaraderie and good will, home away from home volunteers host community-building potlucks to create a cultural bridge between local college students and non-student members of the community, in addition to supporting local initiatives surrounding food insecurity.

led by: wesley chesbro

contact: weschesbro@yahoo.com


working to build strategies that ensure accessible & affordable housing choices safe from discrimination, crime and environmental hazards by promoting:

  • accessibility to affordable housing

  • the liberty to choose the environment we live in

  • resources for landlords, property managers and tenants

led by: the equity arcata backbone support team

contact: equityarcata@gmail.com

just arts

working to organize opportunities for artistic expression, exhibition, performance and dialogue surrounding racial equity.

led by: jacqueline dandeneau & laura muñoz

contact: jackied@arcataplayhouse.org

ongoing learning          

working to offer diversity & inclusion-based learning opportunities for:

  • humboldt state university staff and faculty

  • city of arcata employees

  • the arcata police department & the humboldt state university police department, with a specific focus on unbiased policing

  • local business owners & employees

  • the general community, including students, residents, faith-based communities and non-profits

led by: meridith oram & ron white

contact:  meridith.oram@humboldt.edu

police & student safety

working to foster an environment where people of color feel safe interacting with law enforcement and feel protected, represented and engaged.

led by: brian ahearn

contact:  bahearn@arcatapd.org

welcoming businesses

working to develop an environment of racial awareness, discussion and learning opportunities within the local buinesses community.

led by: chuck powell 

contact: chuckjpowell@gmail.com