We believe every resident should be free to experience the full benefits of living, learning, and enjoying the privileges and opportunities available in Frederick County
We acknowledge that barriers exist which have prevented equitable outcomes for our residents
We commit ourselves to an honest examination of County policies, our history, and our current status, for the purpose of identifying and addressing biases, inequities, and discriminatory practices
We commit to building a welcoming environment throughout the County that is free of harassment, discrimination and disparities
We are confident that a united, equitable, and just Frederick County is a worthy and achievable goal
Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Because race and ethnicity have been tied directly to disparities in all health indicators for which sufficient data exists, County Executive Jan Gardner, Public Health Officer Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, and County Council Member M.C. Keegan-Ayer (District 3) signed a joint declaration of racism as a public health crisis. (March 18, 2021)
County Executive Jan Gardner appointed a team of community members and stakeholders to help set goals and priorities in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion. Recommendations from the team will provide a framework for change and will serve as the foundation for an action plan.
What occurred between 7:50 -8:00 that April morning ultimately changed the trajectory of my life. It was more than 20 years ago, and I was sitting in the parking lot outside of my office in Philadelphia, after having changed the dial just in time to catch the tail end of a program on public radio station WHYY. What traveled from the airwaves to my ears were sounds that emanated from what I had considered to be the far, far, far away distant past. The voices coming through the speakers of my Honda Prelude were actual voice recordings of people that had been enslaved before the start of the Civil War.