More than 90 federal agencies published a series of “equity action plans” Thursday to advance President Joe Biden’s "ambitious equity and racial justice agenda." Senior Administration officials said that the programs put forth 300 "concrete, innovative new strategies and commitments to address systemic barriers” blocking “underserved communities” from “accessing the prosperity, dignity, and equity that all Americans are entitled to.” Susan Rice, the director of Biden’s Domestic Policy Council, oversees the Administration’s equity execution and will expand on the agenda Thursday during a virtual event hosted by the White House. Biden will not take part in the event, as he is traveling to Greensboro, North Carolina, for the second stop on his rural infrastructure tour. [tweet_embed] April 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] Though Biden isn’t taking part in the convening itself, senior administration officials told the Washington Examiner that the President would still issue a statement on the action plans. “This is delivering on his day one commitment. He stands behind this work, and he’s personally committed to this issue,” one official stated. “Racial equity was the impetus for his run for office, and no President before him has charged agencies to take the steps they are announcing today, so this is very much a priority of the President.” The official also stressed that six members of Biden’s Cabinet, Rice and Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young, will speak at today’s virtual event. [tweet_embed] April 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] The plans themselves are a follow action originating from an executive order Biden signed on his first day in office. Officials confessed that Biden’s agenda is not a “one-year project” but claimed that Thursday’s announcement marked “an important step forward” in that “generational commitment.” One White House official told the Washington Examiner that these action plans are not just about advancing “racial equity” and specifically include provisions to help rural, urban, tribal, and other underserved communities. The full equity agenda can be viewed on the White House’s website. The White House added that, across the federal government, the Administration is seeking to cut red tape for government services, including grants and other forms of federal aid, and looking to engage with communities and stakeholders directly to “ensure government policies are informed by the broadest cross-section of Americans.” [tweet_embed] April 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] Advancing equity is not a one-year project – it is a generational commitment that will need supported leadership and partnership with all communities. These plans are an important step forward, reflecting the Biden-Harris Administration’s work to make the promise of America real for every American, including communities of color, Tribal communities, rural communities, LGBTQI+ communities, people with disabilities, women and girls, and communities impacted by persistent poverty.