Equity & Inclusion

At the City of Hayward, we strive to build a culture of equity to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all residents. This requires tackling tough issues like institutional racism and implicit bias. 

Hayward is one of the most diverse communities in the nation. The City is committed to providing equitable services that improve the lives of all residents and take into consideration past inequities and injustices. We know achieving that vision takes continuous listening, learning, and improvement. This site lists the steps the City has taken thus far and projects that are currently underway.  

TIMELINE

ACTION

1992

Council Adoption of the 1992 Anti-Discrimination Action Plan (ADAP)

2017

Council establishes a limited term Community Task Force to update the ADAP and address increasing community concerns about nationwide discrimination

2017

Council Adoption of the Sanctuary City Resolution

2017

Council Adoption of the Commitment for an Equitable, Inclusive, and Compassionate Community

2019

City joins the Government Alliance on Race and Equity

2020

Staff presents the Racial Equity Action Plan to Council

Current Projects with an Equity & Inclusion Focus

  • Public Safety Community Outreach Project: This project focuses on hearing concerns and creating responsive solutions to create a community where everyone feels safe and supported, regardless of race or background.
  • The Hayward People's Budget: How would you spend $50,000 to build community in your neighborhood? Through this participatory budgeting process, community members will submit, vote on, and implement proposals. 
  • Heritage Art in Downtown Plaza: These public art pieces will honor the heritage of Hayward's Indigenous, Japanese-American, and Russell City communities.
  • Housing Navigation Center: The City opened the Navigation Center in 2019 to help address the City’s homelessness crisis. 
  • Measure OO - City Boards and Commissions: Hayward voters passed Measure OO in 2020 to allow all Hayward residents to serve on Board and Commissions, regardless of whether they are registered or eligible to be registered to vote. Learn more about serving and how to apply. 

Staff Team

The City has been a member of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) since 2019. Since joining, 28 employees from across the City's departments have participated in GARE's ten-month training on communicating about race, tracking data, and using a racial equity toolkit to evaluate and design City programs. These team members are now training other City staff and conducting workshops for the City's Boards and Commissions.  

Questions or Comments? We would love to hear from you. Please email Community@hayward-ca.gov.