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Now, more than ever, our office shares in the fullness of sadness, pain, outrage, and questioning after the inexcusable death of George Floyd.  While this is the most recent incident, simply captured with modern technology, our nation has navigated many rough waters.  Over the centuries, the United States has navigated the waters of discrimination, disenfranchisement, and division.  Yet, we have continued to focus on the beacon of light that draws us back to the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  The City of Tempe is committed to providing access to this promise to its staff, residents and businesses. 

If you need to talk or would like information on resources not found here, contact our Equity & Inclusion Manager Jonae Harrison by email at

“The Right to Breathe”

The Strategic Management and Diversity Office is working on a proposed plan, “The Right to Breathe.”  This plan was created as a result of conversations held with the Human Relations Commission, African American Advisory Committee, and the East Valley NAACP after the death of George Floyd and local Tempe events.

The absence of services can change the trajectory of a youth’s life – from poverty and truancy, to financial education and graduation, from forgotten student to MYAC leader.  We asked how the City can create positive influences in the lives of its youth from communities of color and other vulnerable populations.

The "Right to Breathe" plan has 3 steps:

  1. Completion of a Failure Analysis will be provided to City staff, the Human Relations Commission, the African American Advisory Committee, Equity in Action members, EVNAACP leadership, the Tardeada Advisory Board, and the Mayor’s Commission on Disability Concerns;
  2. Creation of data sharing partnerships with City departments, Tempe school districts, and ASU through data-sharing platforms; and
  3. Partnership with local loan fund to provide financial inclusion services and education for communities of color and low-income populations.

These steps, taken collectively, will allow the City to comprehensively address the underlying, consistent contributors to death and disengagement in youth of color and youth from vulnerable communities.

The creation of a strategic performance measure will ultimately hold our City accountable for how we address and solve systemic issues concerning our community’s youth.  This measure will incorporate elements of education, truancy, poverty, justice system encounters, and social services.

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


City-wide ADA Self Evaluation . Mayor's Commission on Disabilities . Mayor's Disability Awards . Access Tempe Brochure . Adapted Recreation Classes

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 & Inclusion Manager, Direct (480) 350-8979, Fax (480) 350-2907, Email