Welcome to the City of Scottsdale's Office of Diversity and Inclusion webpage. Our city is full of cultural events and educational series for local residents and visitors to enjoy.
Please enjoy this page as a useful tool for connecting to Scottsdale's authentically diverse community, to ADA resources, to Title VI Civil Rights information, and overall diversity and inclusion enhancing activities, both for work and play.
Upcoming Diversity Events:
2018 Regional Unity Festival and Walk
Join Scottsdale and other local cities: "Walk in UNITY with our commUNITY" - Free event - Everyone welcome!
Family and friends! Join local municipalities at Tempe Beach Park to promote and support diversity and unity.
Even if you cannot or do not want to walk, you can still join the fun at 4:30 p.m. for the Regional UNITY Festival, which is sure to delight people of all ages. Entertainment, refreshments, and t-shirts will be available at the park starting at 4:30 p.m. until city tables are out of shirts.
At 6 p.m. the multi-city group will "walk in UNITY with our CommUNITY", over Tempe Town Lake and back to Tempe Beach Park
Download poster: Regional Unity Festival and Walk 2018
In Honor of Black History Month - February 2018
Motown sound brings community and generations together!
Enjoy free outdoor concerts and community diversity? Join us on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 starting at 4 p.m. the city’s first-ever Motown Community Concert, featuring the unique and powerful sound of the Motown sound of the Supremes, Temptations, Mary Wells, and the music of today that was influenced by the Motown artistry! Band Lineup includes The George Howard Band and the Lady's of Motown from Tucson, AZ and Outside the Line from Chandler, AZ.
Relax and bring your family, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and friends to this one-of-a kind, generational and diversity event.
At the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Recently recognized as one of the best live music venues in Arizona, we invite all folks and generations to not only enjoy this fabulous and free concert, but also to enjoy this city park amenities.
Food is available for purchase. Train and Carousel rides are $2. Children two and under ride free with a paying adult. Beer Permit must be purchased for consumption of beer. No hard alcohol or wine is permitted. NO GLASS BOTTLES.
Visit www.therailroadpark.com for information on park amenities.
Diversity related video:
"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.
Scottsdale is a Golden Rule City and here are videos from our April 28 event:
Our mission and purpose:
City Council Mission Statement: 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 our community's diverse needs.
Who we are:
We exist to foster 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. In addition, we develop and sponsor training, services, programs, and events that create work and community environments where differences are valued, respected, and embraced.
The Diversity Manager is accessible both to employees and the general community and is a resource involving discriminatory complaints or concerns.
Services & programs:
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.
- Provides city-wide ADA coordination and Title VI Civil Rights oversight
- Designs and delivers relevant and meaningful training and workshops for internal and external audiences
- Works with city divisions to supports city-wide strategic diversity priorities
- Facilitate Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) team and their endeavors related to diversity goals, diversity competencies, and D & I education.
- 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 Community Programs
- Diversity Talks - a series hosted by the SHRC several times a year
- OUT@SMoCA in collaboration with Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
- Plans creative community diversity events and opportunities with local collaborators
- Supports valley-wide Community Diversity Partners
- Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People With Disabilities scholarships
- Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration planning committee
- Annual Multi-City Regional Unity Festival and Walk
Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager
Stanna Michelle Slater
Appointed LGBTQ Liaison to City Executives
Detective Nicole Engstrom