Welcome to The Mayor's Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Under the leadership of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and 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.
Resources to Assist Small Businesses
"We can - and will - get through this together." - Mayor Andrew J. Ginther
Our commitment to small, minority and women-owned businesses remains stronger than ever. The Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the City of Columbus Department of Development are aligned with the many resources throughout our local, state, and national communities to combat the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to our small business community. As we engage our partners around a specific City of Columbus response, we wanted to ensure that you have the most relevant and timely information regarding resources available to you, during this transformational period. We are committed to keeping this resource list updated on a regular basis and invite your feedback on how we can improve upon the information provided. These are unprecedented times and we stand firmly with you, your families, and our community. To view the full resource list, click here. To view a full list of general resources for residents from the City of Columbus, click here
Director Beverly Stallings-Johnson
Chief Diversity Officer
Grow with Google Partnership
Mayor Ginther, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Citywide Training have partnered with Google to provide our small business community and residents the following Grow with Google webinars, free training and tools to help grow your skills and business. To see the full list of webinars and how to register, 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.
- learn more
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
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'.
- learn more
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).