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.
ConnectUS Small Business Conference & Expo
Register Now for our bi-annual regional conference taking place on October 1 - 2, 2019, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center with the first day focusing on our youth entrepreneurship program and the second day focused on the small business conference & expo.
The conference will provide tangible tips, resources and business opportunities to start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the region. To learn more about the conference click here.
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).
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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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.
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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
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TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
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).