With the support of Park City Municipal Corporation, and building on the tremendous work local nonprofits are doing, Park City Community Foundation is addressing social equity in our town. The work has already begun, and our goal is for Park City and Summit County to be a thriving community where everyone has access to opportunities and is respected, included, and empowered.
On February 26, we hosted our first Community Forum under the banner of the Social Equity Initiative. Approximately 50 people were in attendance, representing different segments of the community. A dynamic panel of speakers was formed by folks from the Social Equity Advisory Committee and included Dalia Gonzalez, Claustina Mahon-Reynolds, Cheryl Soshnik, and me (Diego Zegarra). The evening gave people an opportunity to ask questions, as well as to share their general thoughts on our community.
The broad scope of themes that came up only helped illustrate how diverse the needs in Park City can be. Here’s a short list of some of the ones that were mentioned:
- Diversifying leadership in the community
- The needs (especially housing needs) of single parents
- The needs of people with mental health concerns
- How to involve LGBTQ+ people (especially youth) in the process and in the community
- Digital inclusion – the need for Internet access for all
- Safe spaces to talk about experiences of oppression
- The needs of neuro-diverse young adults and adults
- Involving the business community
- How to help seniors stay in the community, with whatever support they need
Our work in Social Equity began in October 2018 and is now reaching the point where we transition from data collection to interpretation. We will be in a position to sort, organize, and present the information we’ve gathered from hundreds of community members and make sense of it all.
Through this process we will identify the areas that we, collectively, see as important and urgent to most members of our community. With that information, we can then convene and rally around specific issues – whether those are in the realm of health, education, housing, or something else, is yet to be determined. We will see some of this come together in the upcoming months, when we will further connect with the community and share our plans to move forward.
Stay tuned to learn more about our existing social equity resources and gaps, how we will prioritize the most significant and addressable social equity challenges, develop a multiyear strategic plan, and support Park City Municipal Corporation in ensuring it serves a wide range of constituents.
Diego Zegarra is the Social Equity Director at Park City Community Foundation. Questions or ideas about Social Equity? Please email Diego at email@example.com. See it in action—watch the video, “What Is Social Equity?”