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Standing Panel of Social Equity in Governance, National Academy of Public Administration

Issues of fairness, justice, and equity have always been a part of public administration, and these issues were front-and-center in the early years of affirmative action. Now the focus has moved from more than hiring and promotion practices and contractors selection to fields as broad as education, policing, welfare, housing, and transportation. In the language of public administration, the phrase "social equity" has come to be the way we bring these issues together and apply them to the field. The concept of social equity is one that the Academy has addressed fully through the creation and support of a standing panel on Social Equity in governance. Early on, a definition of social equity was developed: “The fair, just and equitable management of all institutions serving the public directly or by contract; the fair, just and equitable distribution of public services and implementation of public policy; and the commitment to promote fairness, justice, and equity in the formation of public policy.”

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