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Diversity Department
City of Tempe

Vision: "With Diversity Comes Strength"

Diversity in the workplace is an inclusive process whereby the City benefits from the combined skills and experience of all employees at every level and position. The goal of creating an inclusive workplace is to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse community.

Safe Haven:
The Diversity Office was created to serve all City of Tempe employees.  One of the most important roles of the Diversity Office is to serve as a safe haven for any employees experiencing discrimination, retaliation or a hostile work environment.  Employees can feel comfortable knowing the Diversity office is independent from the normal chain of command.  Rosa Inchausti and/or Ginny Belousek are available to meet employees either in a city office or offsite.  Safe Haven Guidelines.

Diversity Section 410 of the Personnel Rules and Regulations

Diversity Steering Committee

The Diversity Steering Committee is a group of employees representing all levels of the organization, including the City Manager's Office, Diversity, Legal, HR, Gay/Straight Alliance, and the six unions/employee groups.  The committee meets to discuss topics of inclusion, equity, and diversity as they relate to workforce practices, policies, benefits and trainings. 

Diversity Steering Committee Members:
Rosa Inchausti, Diversity Administrator, 480-350-8999
Mercedes Payne, TSA Representative, 480-350-5185
Jackie Awosika, UAEA Representative, 480-858-6470
Ginny Belousek, Sr. Diversity Specialist, 480-350-8979
Renie Broderick, Human Resources Director, 480-350-8407
Molly Enright, Confidential Employees Representative, 480-350-8916
Michelle Fedor, UAEA Representative, 480-350-8259
Rob Ferraro, Tempe Officer's Association Representative, 480-838-6007
Jerry Hart, Department Manager Representative, 480-350-8505
Dee Hodson, Diversity Office Assistant, 480-350-2905
Jeff Kulaga, Assistant City Manager, 480-350-8844
Bradley Whitley, Fire Union Representative
Clarence Matherson, City Attorney's Office, 480-350-8840
Jeff Millen, Tempe Officer's Association Representative, 480-858-2331
Jon O'Connor, Human Resources, 480-350-8423
Michele Stokes, ADA Compliance Specialist, 480-350-2704

The Diversity Steering Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month on a quarterly basis from 3-4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3rd Floor, 31 E. Fifth Street, Tempe, 85281.  We encourage employees to participate.  Please contact the Diversity Office if you are interested in attending a meeting.

Meeting Minutes 2013

January, 2013
May, 2013

Meeting Minutes 2012

February 1, 2012
May, 2012
September, 2012

Meeting Minutes 2011

February 1, 2011
March 1, 2011
May 3, 2011
June 7, 2011
August 2, 2011
November 1, 2011

Diversity Strategic Plan
Diversity Strategic Plan

 

Mentoring Program
2014 Mentoring Packet
 

Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) 

Mission
To create a more equitable and safe work environment for all employees through increased awareness and education about diversity, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Gay Straight Alliance

The City of Tempe's Gay/Straight Alliance was created in October 2006, and has devoted itself to community projects throughout the valley to enrich diversity and awareness.   The GSA has numerous community partners and has volunteered time and/or raised money for groups such as Habitat for Humanity, 1 n 10, Mulligan's Manor, CEDA Food Pantry, and Tempe Adopt-a-Mile.  The group advocated for and helped write the curriculum for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) portion of the City's Inclusion Training. 

The group meets quarterly, and ALL are welcome to attend.  The meeting takes place at City Hall in the 3rd Floor City Manager's Conference Room.  The time is noon - 1 p.m. 

If you'd like more information on the GSA or to hear about upcoming meetings and events, contact the GSA co-chairs by email at GSA-info@tempe.gov.

GSA Co-Chairs:  Vince Boerbon, Police Department, 480-350-8052
                          Jim Fish, Financial and Information Technology Department, 480-350-8469

LGBT Liaison to Mayor's Office:  Elizabeth Higgins, 480-350-8965
LGBT Liaison to the Police Department:  Vince Boerbon, 480-350-8052
The City of Tempe prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive community. The Mayor's office and Police Department have designated LGBT liaisons to serve as a resource for the Mayor, Police Chief and the public with the purpose of elevating LGBT concerns and program opportunities.

Domestic Partner
The City of Tempe has been offering benefits for Domestic Partners since 1999. These benefits include medical, dental and vision, bereavement pay, and FMLA. Please follow this link for the definition of Domestic Partner.  LGBT Programs and Benefits
 

Inclusion Training
A continued effort of education and training every employee, regardless of status or position, will focus on achieving an inclusive workplace in which no one person or group is provided special consideration over another. The impact of the training will increase the consciousness and appreciation of the differences and recognition of the similarities associated with heritage, characteristics and values of many different groups of people, as well as increasing the respect for the uniqueness of each individual.

Inclusion Training is an eight-hour training which is broken into two four-hour classes.  The course objectives are:

  • Understand that inclusion is a business imperative
  • Realize the three criteria to workplace satisfaction as established by The Great Place to Work Institute
  • Learn the core elements of a healthy workplace that leads to productivity, retention and customer service.
  • Identify specific ways our behaviors impact productivity.
  • Acquire the skills to repair the five main behavioral disconnects that are the cause of many personnel issues
  • Develop a greater understanding of the LGBT commuity

For City of Tempe Employees only:

Register for Inclusion Training on the ELM system by searching the catalog for "inclusion".  All classes will be held at the Tempe Library in the lower leel Meeting Room A. 

Upcoming Classes:

 

Jamieson and Gutierrez Audit Report 2002 and Follow-Up Audit Report 2005
Jamieson and Gutierrez presentation to Council from 12-12-02

 

City-Wide Diversity Recruitment Committee
City-Wide Diversity Recruitment Committee Recommendations

Multi-Cultural Taskforce Report
An Employee Group on Multicultural issues convened in 2005 to identify specific needs of multicultural employees in the City of Tempe workforce as recommended in the Diversity Audit:

“Develop employee task force groups to study feasible additions and modifications to work-life balance
initiatives with an emphasis on diversity enhancement.”

This is a great opportunity for diverse employees of our organization to share their views and experiences and to make recommendations for continued success. The purpose is not to promote a division among our employees, but rather to identify in more detail the needs, areas of opportunity and challenges faced by our diverse work force. It is the goal of the Diversity Steering Committee to gain a greater understanding of the needs of all City of Tempe employees.

The committee consisted of eight members with five individuals coming from each of the 5-Sided Partnerships (since then a sixth partnership was added). The remaining four spots were filled through competitive recruitment. The Multicultural Employee Task Force Committee members were as follows:

Mercedes Blunt, Community Services/Park & Rec.
Andrea Groves, Diversity Office
Mark Stodola, Courts
Robert Lopez, IAFF
Oliver Ncube, Management PW/Field Services
Lily Rice, TEC Community Services/Library
Raquel Romero, City Attorney's Office
Christy Slover, TSC Courts

The Multicultural Task Force compiled their finding in a 24-page report. Multicultural Task Force Report

Women's Taskforce Report
An Employee Group on Women's issues convened in 2005 to identify specific women's issues of employees in the City of Tempe workforce as recommended in the Diversity Audit:

“Develop employee task force groups to study feasible additions and modifications to work-life balance
initiatives with an emphasis on diversity enhancement.”

This is a great opportunity for diverse employees of our organization to share their views and experiences and to make recommendations for continued success. The purpose is not to promote a division among our employees, but rather to identify in more detail the needs, areas of opportunity and challenges faced by our diverse work force. It is the goal of the Women's Task Force to gain a greater understanding of the needs of all City of Tempe employees.

The committee consisted of eight members with five individuals coming from each of the 5-Sided Partnerships (since then a sixth partnership was added). The remaining four spots were filled through competitive recruitment. The Women's Task Force Committee members were as follows:

Amy Douglass, TSC Community Services/Museum
Andrea Glass, IAFF
Peggy Goldberg, Community Services/Social Svcs.
Shelley Hearn, Community Relations/Graphic Design
Lisa Kleinpeter, Community Services/Social Svcs
Carol Martsch, TEC Public Works/Engineering
Cecilia Velasco-Robles/Management/Financial Svcs
Ramon Saiz, Public Works/Sanitation

The Task Force on Women's Issues compiled their findings in a 14-page report.  Women's Task Force Report

Women in Networking (WIN)
The Women in Networking series was created as a response to the Women's Task Force Report.  The Diversity Office offers lunchtime programs focused on topics of interest in assisting women develop their careers.  The program is open to ALL employees.  Committee members are Ginny Belousek, Michele Fedor, Renie Broderick and Jackie Awosika.  Please contact a committee member with ideas for future topics. 

Transgender Workforce Guidelines 

 

Personnel Rules and Regulations Diversity Section 

 

 

 

 

Diversity Section 408 of Personnel Rules & Regulations

 

 

New Employee Orientation
The Diversity Office welcomes new employees every month at the New Employee Orientation.  New Employee Orientation Outline 

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