equity arcata working groups

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equity arcata's volunteer working groups include:

bias reporting

this working group is now being operated by our friends at the McKinleyville Family Resource Center. this group is 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.

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 & lunette nutter

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 & janaee' sykes

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