- Associated Press - Sunday, March 1, 2020

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s largest city has a new public official whose job is part of Burlington’s long-running effort to advance equity.

The hiring of Tyeastia Green, whose formal title is director of racial equity, inclusion and belonging, was announced Thursday by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.

“Breaking down the barriers of institutional racism and implicit bias requires hard, detailed, and sustained organizational work,” Weinberger said.

Green brings to Vermont her experience working with municipal employees on race and equity issues in Bloomington, Minnesota.

In Bloomington Green worked with a team to create the city’s first Racial Equity Toolkit, a policy document to inform decisions the city makes through the lens of racial equity. She also developed the Start Seeing Color campaign to bring visibility to race.

Green said she is excited for her new position in Burlington because of its focus on inclusion. “We are all striving individually and collectively for equality and equity,” she said.

Weinberger and the City Council created the position last September to advance the city’s work on equity and inclusion.

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