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.
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:
Upcoming Diversity Events:
Black History Month Celebration
"Diversity in Major League Baseball"
What: Major League Baseball’s color barrier was broken 70 years ago this spring. Inductees into the 2017 Cactus League Hall of Fame played prominent roles in that integration. It’s a remarkable story that is still resonating today.
Join an all-star panel as they discuss those events and how Major League Baseball remains a leader today in diversifying sports and opportunity. Panelists include:
- Tyrone Brooks, senior director of Major League Baseball’s Front Office and Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program
- George Dean, president of the Greater Phoenix Urban League
- Charlie Vascellaro, baseball writer and Cactus League historian
When: February, 15 2017
Where: Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., 1st floor library auditorium
4:30 p.m. – Press conference to preview upcoming Cactus League season and Scottsdale spring training activities
5 p.m. – Reception at the Arizona Spring Training Experience exhibit, main gallery at the Civic Center Library
6 p.m. – "Diversity in Baseball: A panel discussion"
Art for Aunt Rita's
"Art Walk in Downtown Scottsdale"
What: Mark your calendars and join us for a free special event designed to showcase the Scottsdale Arts District, support local artists and bring awareness to HIV/AIDS.
When: April 22, 2017
Where: Art Gallery Walking Tour/Marshall Square
Time: 12 noon - 6:00 p.m.
More information: Art@Aunt Rita's
SAVE THE DATE! April 28, 2017
"Engaging Scottsdale as a Golden Rule City"
In 2003, the State of Arizona declared itself to be a “Golden Rule State”. The ultimate goal of the “Golden Rule” is that its citizens treat each other the way they would like to be treated; encouraging more kindness, empathy and civility, - helping those in need, and embracing diversity in our community.
What: A "Kick-off" breakfast to acknowledge Scottsdale as a Golden Rule City, speakers/entertainment, acknowledgement of local activities and promote the celebration in the spirit of encouraging mutual respect.
When: Friday, April 28, 2017
Where: Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
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:
- Expand diversity and inclusion in the workplace
- Workforce will be skilled at working inclusively and respectfully,
- Demonstrate city's commitment to serve our community's diverse needs.
WHO WE ARE:
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.
SERVICES & PROGRAMS
- 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
- 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.
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:
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