Albemarle County creates Office of Equity and Inclusion

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Albemarle County has opened a new office designed to promote equity and inclusion for all members of the community.

Siri Russell is the woman behind this new initiative. She plans to have an exhibit showcasing the wide-ranging history of Albemarle County.

"In the Albemarle County office building, which will be on both our first and second floors and will feature an Albemarle specific historical story," she said of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. "And really, as we tell that narrative, taking an expansive and really inclusive view and of course that's being done in partnership with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Historic Society."

The office also wants to use a data-driven approach to help them serve all members of the community.

"We'll be able to identify areas, both internally, within our organization, within our practices and procedures," said Russell. "And also externally in the community, where things are really going well, but also that we'll be able to identify areas where we have opportunities."

Russell also said she hopes this office becomes a collaborative effort with the county's partners and community members so that way everyone can and will be heard.

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