Office of Diversity
and Inclusion

1111 East Broad St. Suite 203 
Columbus, OH 43205 
Phone: (614) 645-4764 
Fax: (614) 645-6669 
Hours:  M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Welcome to The Mayor's Office of Diversity and Inclusion Under the leadership of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Damita Brown, The Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is responsible for supporting Mayor Ginther and his Cabinet Leadership Team by leading diversity and inclusion management within the City of Columbus. The ODI will focus on four pillars of diversity and inclusion management: Workforce Diversity, Supplier Diversity, Diverse Outreach and Internal Diverse Leadership, Commitment and Communication are necessary for building Columbus into America’s Equal Opportunity City.

2016_2018 Inclusion Report

City Of Columbus Inclusion Report 2016 -2018 Check out what each of our departments has been doing to create a culture of diversity here in this great city we call home. Download the report here (large PDF).

2nd Annual Civil Rights Transportation Symposium

The Ohio Department of Transportation conducted its 2nd Annual Civil Rights Transportation Symposium at the Hyatt Regency April 10 - 11, 2018. The Central State University Choir performed during the Luncheon on 4/11/18 before a room full of diverse business owners and major corporations.

Supplier Diversity

Supplier Diversity Mission: To ensure that the City of Columbus sources goods and services, in all commodity categories, from diverse suppliers, with a focus on expanding the number and capacity of certified diverse suppliers, and expand the variety of goods and services offered by those diverse suppliers. This mission will include developing policies to enhance inclusion and utilization efforts within the procurement process of the City of Columbus and its Departments and Commissions.


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Workforce Diversity

Workforce Diversity The Workforce Diversity goal should always be to reflect the diversity of the residents that make up the population of the city of Columbus. As we attract, retain, and develop city employees, we will focus on new and innovative ways to help ensure that diversity is a part of that process.    - learn more

Diverse Outreach

Diverse Outreach Mission: To implement an aggressive outreach strategy partnering with key external stakeholders in the areas of business, industry, academia and governmental and social service agencies, to enhance the Workforce Diversity and Supplier Diversity Missions of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  Working in partnership with the Department of Neighborhoods and the Community Relations Commission, strive to elevate the diversity and inclusion proficiency of all Columbus entities and organizations within Central Ohio to help Columbus become ‘America’s Equal Opportunity City'. 

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Smart Columbus Diversity Working Group

'The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted Councilmember Shannon Hardin, Chief Innovation Officer Michael Stevens and a host of  civic, educational, workforce development and supplier diversity leaders on October 19, 2017 at the Jerry Hammond Center at 1111 E. Broad Street for the first 'Smart Columbus Diversity Working Group' meeting.

The Working Group will seek to achieve goals and objectives related to Smart Columbus in the areas of Supplier Diversity and Workforce Development Training for both publicly and privately funded aspects of the Grant Program.

For more information about the Smart Columbus Diversity Working Group, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 614-645-4764.

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DIVERSITY - Unique differences in thought, beliefs, values and life experiences, among many other human and cultural characteristics, based on who we are and where we come from.

INCLUSION - Leveraging, engaging and valuing human and cultural differences to help deliver the most creative, innovative and impactful results for the employees and residents of the City of Columbus.

MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (MBE) - A business which is an independent and continuing operation for profit, performing a commercially useful function, and is owned and controlled by one or more persons of African-American, Asian-Indian, or Hispanic decent, and is a U.S. citizen, as defined by C.C.C. 3901.01(k).

WOMAN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (WBE) - A business which is an independent and continuing operation for profit, performing a commercially useful function, and is owned and controlled by one or more Women, and is a U.S. citizens, as defined by C.C.C. 3901.01(p).