Here is the writer’s opinion and analysis:
Whatever the reason, the city of Tucson is in the process of creating an “Equity Office” with an annual budget of $ 500,000 and three staff members.
Weird, because the point is, Tucson already has the equality issue, and the equity thing, covered by the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (OEOP). According to the City of Tucson website, âThe Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (OEOP) is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of equity policies for the City of Tucson and is a branch of the municipal manager’s office. â
So why does the city of Tucson need a new equity office?
This is an excellent question. I think the key to answering it lies in the special use of the term âfairnessâ. This does not have the same meaning in this context as, for example, when examining your financial assets. This clearly does not mean the same as the described objective of OEOP, why would we need a new office?
When we think of equal opportunities and fairness in municipal government, we think of a level playing field in which all internal staff matters – employment, pay, advancement – are race neutral and ethnicity, which means that no discrimination based on these aspects.
Externally, we believe we are providing services on the same basis. It also includes monitoring compliance with internal, state and federal regulations.