The City of Lancaster is Committed to Equity

The City of Lancaster is committed to building a stronger and more equitable Lancaster, block by block. The City has made commitments to racial and social equity across all departments. Some of this work started more than four years ago, some is new, and this work is ongoing.


While the City has made these commitments, city government is just one piece of the equation. It will take all of us, business leaders, elected officials, nonprofit leaders, faith community leaders, and neighbors working together to build a more equitable Lancaster. Let’s get to work!

Lancaster Can Lead the Way on Racial Justice

Hear from Mayor Sorace on how Lancaster is uniquely positioned to take up the charge of addressing racial inequities in our community.

Mayor Sorace pledges racial equity in addressing policing, city jobs, housing

In Summer 2020, the City of Lancaster released equity commitments addressing racial and social inequities within city services and operations.

Working to make the Fire Bureau Reflect Our Community

The City of Lancaster Fire Bureau is working to make Lancaster’s firefighters better reflect the community it serves.

YWCA Lancaster Embraces Thaddeus Stevens’ Example

Stacie Blake, CEO of YWCA Lancaster, talks about how their organization is embracing the legacy of Thaddeus Stevens to push our community forward on racial equity.

Put the Same Energy Toward Racism that we do COVID-19 Response

In Summer 2020, Mayor Sorace presented a vision for confronting racism as we do COVID-19 through a collabrative, community-wide approach to meet the urgent needs of our residents.

The City of Lancaster’s Language Access Plan

The City of Lancaster is working to implement a language access plan across all departments to increase our ability to communicate with all of Lancaster’s residents especially those who are not native English speakers. From establishing a “language line” where City employees can access live translators to translating important documents and communications into multiple languages, the City is taking steps to make sure we can connect and inform all residents.

The City’s Internal Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Work

The City of Lancaster is one of the most diverse cities of its size nationwide. It is a stated goal of the Sorace Administration to build a city workforce that reflects our city and prioritizes hiring city residents. The foundation for this work is an inclusive culture where team members feel that their contributions are valued and that they belong.

Under the leadership of the City of Lancaster’s Leadership Development & Diversity Manager, Sharon Allen-Spann, the City is working to build this inclusive culture and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across all departments.