Media Advisory

Racial inequity report review scheduled for Jan. 12

WHAT:  Review of findings in the report: Understanding Racial Inequity in Alachua County

WHEN:  Friday, Jan. 12, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 718 SE 11th St., Gainesville


  • Alachua County Interim Manager Michele Lieberman
  • Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Clarke
  • Gainesville City Manager Anthony Lyons
  • Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce President Susan Davenport
  • Santa Fe College President Jackson Sasser
  • UF Health CEO Ed Jimenez
  • University of Florida President Kent Fuchs

BACKGROUND: In 2016, the United Church of Gainesville and the NAACP hosted a conference on racial disparity featuring a Dane County, Wisconsin (Madison) project to gather existing data on their local racial inequity.  As a result of their study, current programs were enhanced and new programs begun to understand and confront inequity.

When local officials learned of the Wisconsin study, they committed to funding a study for Alachua County.  The Alachua County project looks at numerous dimensions of racial inequity, comparing data for non-Hispanic whites, African-Americans, Asians and Hispanics.  The study focuses on:

  • Economic well-being
  • Education
  • Family structure
  • Child welfare
  • Involvement in the justice system
  • Health status
  • Housing and transportation

CONTACT:  Steve Orlando,, 352-846-3903