The City of Edina is committed to being welcoming and inclusive to all who live, work and spend time in the city. To support and foster inclusivity, City staff members are dedicated to acknowledging, seeking out and celebrating the diversity of Edina community members and proactively working together to eliminate systemic and institutional barriers to ensure all people have the opportunity to thrive in Edina.
Renouncing Racial Covenants
An estimated 2,800 residential properties in Edina still have racially restrictive covenants in their deeds. The City is working to discharge such language from its properties and encourages residents to do the same.
The Implementation Plan is the foundational work the City of Edina uses to engage and deepen racial equity work for all and was developed in 2018.The City of Edina is fully aware that achieving racial equity transformation is a continuous process, through learning and growing from relevant historical and current day experiences and making connections to the desired future vision of Edina. Racial equity involves all community members and City staff to strive to act and make thoughtful, intentional and informed decisions that are fair and inclusive for all community members.
The Racial Equity Implementation Plan is focused on five themes:
Accountability and Data Collection
City Facilities & Services
Employee Training & Diversity
Development & Enforcement of Policies
Community Engagement & Communications
The Implementation Plan has work-plan items or tasks that are distributed through all City departments, which include critical analysis of current operating processes and improvement, professional development growth opportunities, deepening community engagement, transparency, and awareness through a race and equity lens.