ODI - Management Team

Office of Diversity
and Inclusion

1393 East Broad St. 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43205 
Phone: (614) 645-4764 
Fax: (614) 645-6669 
Hours:  M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Email:  ODI@columbus.gov  

Welcome to The Mayor's Office of Diversity and Inclusion Under the leadership of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Chief Diversity Officer, Stephen Francis, Esq., 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.

OMBC - Save the Date

Ohio Municipalities Business Conference (OMBC) SAVE THE DATE!
August 2nd-3rd, 2017

The conference will focus on increasing business opportunities for minority, women and small businesses across the State of Ohio. We hope to facilitate knowledge transfer, sharing of best business practices, networking with local governmental agencies, and building the capacity and capability of companies to take on new business opportunities throughout the state. 
More event details and information to follow soon!

CLICK HERE: SAVE THE DATE flyer - Printable Version

Letter from the Chief Diversity Officer - Stephen Francis, Esq.

Letter from the Chief Diversity Officer - Stephen Francis, Esq. Under the leadership of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, I have been charged to establish four focus areas for diversity management within the City of Columbus. - learn more

Internal Diverse Leadership Commitment & Communication

Internal Diverse Leadership Commitment & Communication Mission: To clearly define and communicate internally what the City of Columbus means by diversity and inclusion. Also, to support Mayor Ginther and the Cabinet Leadership Team in the reinforcement of Mayor Ginther’s vision and commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout City Departments and Commissions, with the ultimate goal of developing a benchmark standard of diversity and inclusion leadership for other U.S. cities to follow. 

The acknowledgement and celebration of our differences makes us a better and stronger place for people to live, work, and visit 
The Honorable Mayor Andrew J. Ginther

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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.

 
“Diversity is reality. Inclusion is a choice!”
Stephen Francis, ESQ
Chief Diversity Officer

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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.   

“Workforce should reflect the diversity of the residents of Columbus”

Stephen Francis, ESQ
Chief Diversity Officer

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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'. 


“Inclusion of diverse community stakeholders 
will be a priority for the City of Columbus”

Stephen Francis, ESQ 
Chief Diversity Officer


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