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Dolores Huerta Advocacy and Social Justice Award

The City of Tempe announced a new award named after Dolores Huerta, an activist and labor leader who worked alongside Cesar Chavez to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and co-founded what is now known as United Farm Workers. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school student dedicated to advocacy and social justice and an honor will also be given to an adult or organization. The first award will be given in April 2021. Stay tuned for details.

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Rainbow roses and rainbow flags color downtown Tempe as the city celebrates Arizona LGBTQ Pride Month.

“Downtowns have historically been gathering places for diverse individuals and the constant exchange of ideas,” Kate Borders, president of the Downtown Tempe Authority said. “Downtown Tempe is no different and we wanted to install these flags to visibly indicate that this place is inclusive.” 

Mayor Mitchell proclaimed Arizona LGBTQ Pride in Tempe. He was joined by Mark Leeper, Phoenix Pride Board President; Vince Boerbon and Jim Fish, City of Tempe Gay/Straight Alliance co-chairs; Ginny Belousek, City of Tempe Diversity Manager and Kate Borders, president of Downtown Tempe Authority.

“It's a point of pride for our community, that no matter your race, your religion, your age, your country of origin, your gender, your sexual orientation, your disabilities, you are welcomed and included in Tempe,” Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said. “Diversity is a core value for the City of Tempe. Our community will continue to work towards true equality for all people no matter who they are or whom they love.”

In 2014, the Tempe City Council established protections for LGBTQ individuals from discrimination at home, work and in public spaces which then were enshrined by voters in 2015 in the City Charter by an overwhelming majority. Tempe has maintained a perfect score of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index,, which examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. The city also has an anti-discrimination ordinance. 

Tempe Welcomes you as you are – free posters!

Diversity is a core value for the City of Tempe.  It’s part of the city charter.  It’s a point of pride for our community, that no matter your race, your religion, your age, your country of origin, your gender, your sexual orientation, your disabilities, you are welcomed and included.

To help make sure that everyone knows this, the Tempe Human Relations Commission has worked with the City of Tempe Office of Strategic Management and Diversity to create posters for businesses and organizations to hang in windows or for people to display.  The posters are a visualization of the work done every day by the City of Tempe to create, maintain, and celebrate this welcoming atmosphere. 

Posters may be picked up at  Tempe City Hall, 31 E. Fifth Street; Tempe’s Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRiC) at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, and at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, 1232 E. Broadway Road. Posters are available in 8½ x 11, 11 x 17, and 24 x 36(available at City Hall only). There are two versions to choose from.
WeStandWithAllPoster11x17Youre Welcome As You Are11x17Poster

Diversity is responsible for four main functions:

  • Serving as a resource and a safe haven for employees on diversity initiatives and employee relations; facilitating the consistency of Tempe's workforce policies and practices.
  • Coordinating community and workforce special programs and events.
  • Promoting an accessible environment for the city and community, and providing assistance with access and ADA issues.
  • Overseeing the functions of the city-wide Inclusion Training. 

Diversity is very committed to providing the best services possible to City of Tempe employees and the Tempe community. From our workforce initiatives to our community programs and services, the Diversity Office strives to promote fairness and inclusion.

Workforce Initiatives

Safe Haven . Mentoring Program . Gay/Straight Alliance . Women in Networking . City-Wide Diversity Recruitment . Diversity Steering Committee . Diversity Strategic Plan . Inclusion Training . Multicultural Taskforce Report . Women's Taskforce Report . Domestic Partner Benefits . Transgender Workforce Guidelines . Personnel Rules and Regulations Diversity Section . New Employee Orientation . Jamieson and Gutierrez Audit Report 2002 . Jamieson and Gutierrez Follow-Up Audit Report 2005

Programs and Events

Tempe Tardeada . MLK Diversity Awards . Regional Unity Walk . Adult and Teen Diversity Dialogues . "Who's Your Neighbor?" brown bag luncheon . Mayor's Disability Awards


Vial of Life Program . Lockbox Program . City-wide ADA Self Evaluation . Mayor's Commission on Disabilities . Mayor's Disability Awards . Access Tempe Brochure . Adapted Recreation Classes . IRS Disability Pamphlet

Boards, Commissions, and Committees

Human Relations Commission
Mayor's Commission on Disability Concerns
Tardeada Working Committee
African American Advisory Committee

Community Demographics and Information

Census Information . Helpful Resources

Diversity Supplier Program

Engineering Program
Financial Services Procurement Office Program

For additional information, please contact: Jonae Harrison, Equity & InclusionManager, Direct (480) 350-8979, Fax (480) 350-2907, Email