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.
Watch the team's December 21, 2020, kick-off meeting here.