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Racial Equity and Justice

While the issues of racial inequity and systemic racism are not unique to Houston, we have an opportunity as Houstonians to lead the way in reforming broken systems, building up communities, offering support and removing barriers. We often speak with pride of Houston being "America’s most diverse city." Now we must work to make Houston "America’s most inclusive and open city", one that does truly offer "opportunity for all." The Partnership and the 1,100 member companies and institutions we represent are committed to this endeavor.

Guiding Principles for Change

As the Partnership addresses issues of racial inequity in Houston, we will be guided by these following principles:

  • Be persistent and intentional 
    • Develop an unwavering commitment to solving issues of racial inequity
  • Be bold yet nimble
    • Resist incremental steps and favor transformational shifts
    • Do not be paralyzed by the pursuit of the perfect
    • Acknowledge that missteps are inevitable; course correct when needed
  • Possess self-awareness and humility
    • Understand how others perceive the Partnership, especially the Black community
    • Recognize when it is best to listen, learn and champion others to lead
  • Require accountability
    • Establish objectives and develop related metrics to assess impact
    • Consistently hold each other accountable in our actions and decisions

Houston Demographics

Greater Houston Basic Demographics

A look at the Houston population by race, ethnicity, age, educa...

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Urban Disparity

The Kinder Institute examines gaps in income, educational attai...

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Understanding Houston

Understanding Houston aggregates data across multiple sources t...

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Greater Houston Population Growth and Change

The October 2019 edition of the Partnership's Houston Economy at a Glance looks at the most recent demographic data for the Houston region, including race and ethnicity, foreign-born residents, age and more. 

Talent Resources Group

Launched in 2019, the Partnership's Talent Resources Group (TRG) provides HR professionals, ERG leaders and recruiters with access to information to grow their companies most important resource: talent. Topics address talent attraction and retention, diversity and inclusion, enhancing corporate culture and more. The group's largest annual event is the Houston NEXT ERG Summit. 

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Upcoming Event

Houston NEXT: An ERG Summit

Bringing together D&I, HR leaders and Talent Attraction professionals, this event explores how Houston must take a leadership role in addressing diversity, equality, inclusion and justice for our region and workplaces.

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Guiding Internal Conversations About Racial Inequity, Injustice with Employees

In the weeks following George Floyd's death and protests in response, businesses across the country have made public statements against racism, injustice and racial inequity. Some pledged money toward social justice efforts. Other organizations are honoring Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery, as an annual holiday. Many business leaders are also bringing the national conversation to their staff to address these issues within their organization.  

Suggested Reading and Listening

The Partnership staff have compiled this short list of suggested books, podcasts and other resources that provide insight on these complex issues.

Additional Resources

Read studies and recommendations on addressing these important issues and learn what other organizations are doing to combat systemic racism and bias. 

Executive Partners