City of Ann Arbor, accepting motions for a fair commitment committee

ANN ARBOR, me. – Community members interested in influencing the future of inclusivity and justice in Tree Town can now apply to the new Ann Arbor City Equitable Steering Committee.

Committee members will support the Ann Arbor Equitable Engagement Initiative by defining justice and equitable engagement and finding ways to increase the diversity of local processes, a city press release said.

“In 2018 the city passed a One Community Resolution aimed at promoting racial justice in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw Counties,” city administrator Tom Crawford said in the press release. “So far we haven’t made as much progress as we wanted. With this announcement, the city is stepping up its efforts to make tangible improvements in our community, which will be especially significant for those who have historically been excluded from decision-making. “


Members of the steering committee will be:

  • meet regularly

  • Work with residents and local organizations to define justice

  • Develop accessible community engagement guidelines, tools, and best practices

  • Actively refine the city’s strategy for community engagement

  • Connect community members and organizations

  • Ensure quality and results

In the press release, Heather Seyfarth, Ann Arbor City Specialty Projects Manager and community engagement specialist, said the goal of the equity initiative is to overcome prejudices that have marginalized the prospects of some community members.

The committee’s duties last three to four hours per month. Some members may be compensated for their time as needed, the press release said.

Applications can be submitted until June 7th. Selected applicants will be contacted in June and should meet in July.

Here you will find online applications from the Ann Arbor Equitable Engagement Steering Committee.

To request a hard copy, call 734-794-6430 ext. 42590.

More information is available at

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