For those of us who don’t deal with inequity on a daily basis, equity might feel like a political concept. But for thousands of residents of our county, equity, or lack of it, determines what happens in their lives every single day. To explore this issue, we invited three people who work on improving equity in our county from three different but overlapping perspectives. On the day we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, they joined host Suki Wessling to talk about equity in our everyday lives.
Gloria Nieto is a local activist who focuses on equity, diversity and inclusion on the board of Santa Cruz Community Health, which provides comprehensive primary care services to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Gretchen Regenhardt is former Regional Directing Attorney of California Rural Legal Assistance and serves on the board of Housing Santa Cruz County. Lani Faulkner is founder of the local organization Equity Transit, which works to ensure affordable, equitable, and environmentally wise public transit.
At the beginning of the hour, asked to define equity, our three guests built on each other’s statements. Equity, they explained, is equal access, regardless of race or income, to similar quality goods and services being provided where people are. Listen in to learn more.
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