Like other cities in New Mexico and across the U.S., Albuquerque faces challenges related to educational attainment and racial equity. In 2014, Albuquerque’s graduation rate fell 6.2% to 62.5%, but that’s not the whole story. The graduation rate for whites in New Mexico was 74.7%, while it dropped to 66.9% for Hispanic students and 62% for blacks. On the workforce side, there were more than 950 charges of workforce discrimination in 2014, with racial discrimination representing 21.2% of those charges.
Albuquerque has taken a multi-faceted approach to tackling these issues. Cross-sector teams across the city participate in a number of initiatives with Living Cities. Through these and other systems-level efforts, the city aims to eliminate municipal policies and practices that perpetuate racial inequities; adopt and embrace strategies that advance racial equity at the structural level; and help local communities take advantage of institutional changes.