​Office of Equity, Mobility and Immigrant Integration

a painting of a  woman walking past the words on a wall saying Equity

In 2019 the City of Charlotte formed its Office of Equity, Mobility and Immigrant
Integration (EMM) to address systemic and community barriers that limit opportunities
for Charlotte's vulnerable communities.

EMM leads the the city in carrying out the work identified in the 2015 Immigrant Integration Task Force report,
2017 Leading on Opportunity report and the 2018 Assessment of the City of Charlotte's Efforts on Diversity, Equity
and Inclusion. The goals of the office are separated into three areas:

Office of Equity, Mobility and Immigrant Integration

The mission of the Office of Equity, Mobility and Immigrant Integration is to proactively address the inequitable investment and development of our community through innovative, collaborative strategies.

The City of Charlotte's Office of Equity, Mobility and Immigrant Integration (EMII) is tasked with the operational implementation of recommendations captured in three distinct reports: the 2015 Immigrant Integration Task Force report, facets of the 2017 Leading on Opportunity report and the 2018 Assessment of the City of Charlotte's Efforts on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

OBJECTIVES

1. Collaborate with City Departments to ensure system wide commitment to equity

  • Review policies, practices and procedures using equity tools
  • Assess current work in this area and its impact
  • Encourage collaboration across all departments on initiatives to advance equity
  • Pilot and sustain opportunities to advance equity amongst all stakeholder sub-groups (LGBTQ, English as a second language, ethnic minorities, etc.)

2. Catalyze efforts to advance equity, economic mobility, and immigrant integration

  • Strategic community investment
  • Incentivize collaboration and leverage resources
  • Leadership development and information sharing

EMII Goals

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Create a strategic plan for the coordination of the 120 activities that promote a component of DE&I currently occurring in the organization.

  • Assess current partners and their efforts within the DE&I space to improve our internal alignment, create outcome measures and leverage their services across departments.

  • Update departmental work plans and the performance review process to meet the city's diversity, equity and inclusion values.

Economic Mobility

  • Create an Opportunity Labs fund to support community-led projects that address economic mobility.

  • Work with partner organizations to create a neighborhood level strategy for economic mobility.

  • Offer training and development for Charlotte residents.

Immigrant Integration

  • Lead the creation of the city's Language Access Plan.

  • Work with local naturalization agencies to increase the number of residents who to become US citizens.

  • Work with immigrant and refugee serving organizations to address the unique needs of those communities.

Key Programs and Initiatives

JumpStart

Community Safety Micro-Grant Project

The JumpStart Safety Micro-Grant Project provides small grants to community-based organizations to fund efforts that support conflict resolution and mediation; crime fighting and prevention; opportunities for local youth and their parents; family stability; and addressing racial segregation.

Learn more about the JumpStart Community Safety Micro-Grant Project


Addressing Community Violence

Policing alone will not solve violent crime or its underlying causes. So, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and partners are taking a public health approach to violence prevention. This approach includes an analysis of research, putting findings in the context of our community, and incorporating the perspectives of people most impacted by the issue. It emphasizes input from diverse sectors including health, education, social services, justice, policy and the private sector to drive collective action.

In February, Council confirmed this approach by adopting a framework to address violence that can be used to guide policies, practices, and programs. This approach will be used in areas that were identified as having the highest concentration of violent crime over time. One component of this work is sharing data between agencies and with the community through the Community Violence Dashboard.


Key Programs and Initiatives

JumpStart

Community Safety Micro-Grant Project

TheJumpStart Safety Micro-Grant Project provides small grants to community-based organizations to fund efforts that support conflict resolution and mediation; crime fighting and prevention; opportunities for local youth and their parents; family stability; and addressing racial segregation.

Learn more about theJumpStart Community Safety Micro-Grant Project


Violence Interruption

The City of Charlotte, like cities across the United States, is experiencing a spike of violent crime, most notably involving homicides. This crime is prevalent in four areas in the city's Opportunity Corridors. The (name of the map) shows detailed information about each area.

Develop social infrastructure within the corridors of opportunity to support violence interruption, support community driven solutions to community safety and to invest in wrap around services that not only move people out of the conditions that support violence but move them toward economic mobility.