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Record #: SR2021-996   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 9/14/2021 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Contracting Oversight and Equity
Final action: 3/23/2022
Title: Call for conduct of study including Middle Eastern or North African Americans as minority group for purposes of City's MBE program
Sponsors: Villegas, Gilbert, Rodriguez, Michael D., Gardiner, James M. , Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Mitts, Emma
Topic: CITY COUNCIL - Miscellaneous
Attachments: 1. SR2021-996.pdf, 2. R2021-996.pdf



WHEREAS, The U.S. Census Bureau is the Nation's leading provider of data collection on race and ethnicity, although, it does not include all of the Nation's identified groups; and


WHEREAS, Specifically, the U.S. Census Bureau excludes Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) Americans (also referred to as Arab Americans) from its data; and


WHEREAS, The exclusion of MENA Americans from the U.S. Census Bureau has led to the inability for MENA Americans to obtain affirmative action resources provided to other historically disadvantaged groups; and


WHEREAS, The American Community Survey (ACS) revealed that MENA Americans have suffered pervasive society-wide prejudice and discrimination or practices, and that over time those conditions have resulted in economic deprivation; and


WHEREAS, The City of Chicago is home to the fourth largest urban concentration of MENA American population in the United States, and according to the Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Arab population in Chicago as of 2020 was around 150,000; and


WHEREAS, Government agencies, like the Illinois Department of Public Health, have recently expanded their data collection of race and ethnicity to include persons who self-identify as MENA American; and, now, therefore,

Gilbert Villegas Alderman, 36,h Ward



BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Members ofthe City Council ofthe City of Chicago, call for a study to be conducted regarding inclusion of MENA Americans as a minority group for purposes ofthe City's Construction MBE Program.