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Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media Advisory
News Date: August 13, 2020

Mayor Ginther Announces 30x30 Challenge to Address Systemic Racism in the Workplace

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, along with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, announced the 30x30 Challenge to ensure the City of Columbus is a diverse and inclusive workplace, and to help the City and all central Ohio employers eliminate systemic racism embedded in the workplace. 

“As a leader and an employer of over 8,000 employees, the City of Columbus is committed to workplace diversity, measuring results and holding ourselves accountable. We’re first taking a look in the mirror and measuring ourselves against these new goals,” said Mayor Ginther. “I have empowered the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to lead this internal work, to raise the bar for the City of Columbus and to set an example for other central Ohio businesses and organizations.”

This announcement comes on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, emphasizing the need to develop a strategy to address systemic racism which is concomitant to pay equity. The new 30x30 Challenge is a natural outgrowth of the pay equity work of the Columbus Women’s Commission. In 2017, the Women’s Commission launched The Columbus Commitment: Achieving Pay Equity to bring Columbus employers to the frontlines of change. The Columbus Commitment is a voluntary and employer-led pledge to advance best practices for building gender equitable workplaces. Over 275 businesses and organizations have signed the pledge.

The 30x30 Challenge will provide another tool for the City to measure and eliminate racial disparities in the workplace, including how race and other factors have contributed to the disparity in job opportunities and pay for women. The 30x30 Challenge seeks to change the overall culture in the workplace and sets bold new goals for the City of Columbus to strive toward, including:

•             30% workforce diversity representation

•             30% growth in supplier diversity spend

•             30% executive leadership

•             30% board and commission representation


The City is beginning the work of determining base line data and will share its progress with the community. 

“I know that it is paramount that we treat racism like the systemic disease it is and come together as a city to mobilize and to actively work on lifting and empowering,” says Chief Diversity Officer Beverly Stallings-Johnson. “The Office of Diversity and Inclusion continues to work with Mayor Ginther and the people of Columbus to flatten the racism curve while enabling all of us to work together to enable economic equality.”

About the City of Columbus Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Under the leadership of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Chief Diversity Officer, Beverly Stallings-Johnson, 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, Commitment and Communication are necessary for building Columbus into America’s Equal Opportunity City.