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The Scottsdale Office of Diversity's objective is to ensure that there is fairness in organizational diversity, initiate strategies that intervene in discrimination or prejudice attitudes, and most importantly, to celebrate and educate one another about who we are to promote conscious inclusion.

Upcoming Diversity Events:

The Scottsdale Diversity Office develops and sponsors training, services, programs, and events that create work and community environments where differences are valued, respected, and embraced:

Saturday, January 28, 2017 Regional Unity Walk 

"Walking in UNITY with our CommUNITY"

Please join Scottsdale and other valley cities for a candlelight evening walk!

Download Regional Unity Walk poster (PDF)

Download Regional Unity Walk brochure (PDF)


2017 Regional Unity Walk and Diversity Reception

Saturday, January 28, 2017

6:00 p.m.(assemble at 5:45 p.m.)

Walking for UNITY in our CommUNITY to promote mutual respect and understanding

Hosted by:
City of Tempe, City of Chandler, Town of Gilbert, Town of Guadalupe, 
City of Mesa, City of Phoenix, City of Scottsdale

No registration required
Walk begins at 6:00 P.M.
Report to starting locations at 5:45 P.M..

Assembly Locations:

Cities of Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the Town of Gilbert:
Participants will assemble at Tempe Lake Marina (1 mile walk)

From Mill Avenue north, go to Curry Rd., east on Curry to College, turn right on College, right on Gilbert Rd. under the 202 freeway. 
Tempe Town Lake Marina is on the right. The Marina is adjacent to the Papago Stables. Watch for blue directional signs for Marina location. 
From Rural Rd. north go to Curry Rd., left on Curry, turn left on College, right on Gilbert Rd., go under 202 freeway turn into Marina.

Scottsdale residents, if you have questions, please contact Sharon Cini, Diversity Manager at 480-312-2727

OUR MISSION: Simply Better Service for a World-Class Community

City Council priority: Reinvest in a high performing organization and work culture

Diversity and inclusion purpose statement: Help the City of Scottsdale become a more diverse workforce, skilled at working inclusively and respectfully and committed to serving our community's diverse needs.

This is achieved through a diversity framework that includes three goals:

  1. Expand diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  2. Workforce will be skilled at working inclusively and respectfully,
  3. Demonstrate city's commitment to serve our community's diverse needs.


The image of the community and the organization is shaped through our interactions and partnerships inside and outside the community. We learn more about one another as we interact in meaningful and productive ways with all members of the community, thus shaping a healthy future in a truly pluralistic society.

The Diversity Manager is accessible both to employees and the general community and is a resource involving discriminatory complaints or concerns.


Our Services

  • Facilitate Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) team and their endeavors
  • Conduct diversity training and workshops internally and externally
  • Serve as a liaison for the Scottsdale Human Relations Commission (SHRC)
  • Evaluate complex employee relations matters and make recommendations
  • Evaluate citizen complaints and provide appropriate mediation and consultation
  • Provide consultation and facilitation to departments to successfully identify diversity priorities within city divisions

Our Programs

  • Civil Dialogue Series
  • DAC annual employee and community events
  • Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People With Disabilities
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration
  • Scottsdale Voices (CityCable Channel 11 show) – promoting Civil Dialogue Series
  • Regional Unity Walk


The workplace has become more complex, and employee relations is certainly a vital issue as more staff hours are devoted to addressing employee related matters using both collaborative and independent methods.

The City of Scottsdale’s Diversity Office and Human Resources Department provide employees with several options for addressing diversity issues, opportunities for involvement, and a means to hold the organization accountable for responding to concerns. These efforts include investigating complaints involving discrimination and civil liberty issues, as well as designing and facilitating interventions.

Contact Information

3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

P: 480-312-2727
F: 480-312-9055

Sharon Cini
Diversity Manager

Appointed LGBT Liaison to the City Manager: This resource is available to the public to elevate the concerns of the LGBT community and ensure they are being heard.

David Simmons, Chair of the City of Scottsdale LGBT employee resource group has been officially designated to fulfill this important role.  He can be contacted at:
P:  480-312-2993

Appointed LGBT Police Liaison: The Scottsdale Police Department has designated LGBT Community Liaisons whom are available to the public to address concerns of the LGBT community and to ensure they are heard. The police department liaisons are:

Detective Nicole Engstrom