August 21, 2020

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Scott Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412


ELLICOTT CITY, MD – County Executive Calvin Ball will announce a new government position, the Equity and Restorative Practices Manager, on Monday, August 24th at 11 am. in Columbia. Ball also plans to announce the renaming of the Office of Human Rights to the Office of Human Rights and Equity. The Local Children’s Board provides a yearly Race and Equity Report, which can be found here.

“When I first took office, our transition team recommended a diversity, equity, and inclusion position for the County Executive’s office,” said Ball. “Understanding the huge undertaking of this position, we decided to take the permanent approach by establishing it in the Office of Human Rights, ensuring that this person will evaluate restorative practices in order to make a long-term impact. The current pandemic has only highlighted the disparities and discrimination that so many people face – there is an urgent need to address inequity in our community. These improvements provide the opportunity for Howard County to be a model for other jurisdictions on how to implement real change and create a more equitable and just community.”


WHEN:         Monday, August 24 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:       The People Tree, Lake Kittamaqundi, 10275 Wincopin Cir, Columbia, MD 21044

WHO:            Calvin Ball, County Executive

                      Yolanda Sonnier, Administrator, Office of Human Rights

         Kimberly A. Eisenreich, Administrator, The Local Children’s Board

         Larry “Lee” Henschel, Community Advocate

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