What we do

The recently established Equity and Inclusion function is a deliberate step toward advancing equity in Asheville, with racial and social equity as top priorities.

As a city government, the Equity Director plays a unique role toward maximizing the access and opportunities that all people have to satisfy essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full potential. The new Equity and Inclusion Manager position will play a key role in moving the city organization toward the successful advancement of equity within Asheville.

To advance equity and inclusion within municipal government, the GARE racial equity framework is being employed. The City of Asheville is a member of the Government Alliance for Race and Equity, a national network of government jurisdictions working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all, which has developed a framework based on best practice from government entities who have been working to advance racial equity for a decade or longer. Creating equity tools, such as an equity action plan, is part of one component of the racial equity framework.

Learn about the work of the newly established Human Relations Commission.



Information on the forms of discrimination that are illegal in Asheville.


City of Asheville equity initiative lays groundwork with employees, identifies growth areas for increased service to the community

  A year after the City of Asheville hired its first Equity & Inclusion Manager, here is an update to the community on how this initiative has progressed.   In July 2017, the City of Asheville’s announced the hiring of Kimberlee Archie as its first Equity & Inclusion Manager. She has since been named director and […]

CAYLA students spend summer getting valuable work experience

​Networking, meeting etiquette and career exploration are just a few of the professional skills that 37 Asheville area high school students are learning this summer. Their involvement in the City of Asheville’s Youth Leadership Academy ​(CAYLA) gives them opportunities for internships to help shape their education and career choices. Formed in 2007, the CAYLA program recruits, […]