City of Topeka Diversity Initiative
The City of Topeka is committed to an inclusive workforce that recognizes and values the diverse talents, skills, and backgrounds of our employees as a foundation for the delivery of effective and efficient services. The City’s workplace diversity initiative evolved as an on-going process of recognizing and appreciating employee differences and similarities at all levels of our organization.
The Diversity Committee was created to address workplace diversity and to engage employees in activities and community events that expose employees to learning opportunities which heightens their awareness and understanding of generational, socioeconomic, cultural, religious, gender, age, and disability trends and issues.
The Diversity Committee’s mission is to promote diversity through education, outreach, activities, and partnerships within the City of Topeka’s workforce and in the community.
Our vision is dedicated to embracing a diverse atmosphere by ensuring cooperation, respect, fairness, courtesy, and integrity within the workplace and in the community.
The Diversity Committee is comprised of the following fifteen members who represent various City departments and positions:
- Amy Bermudez, Fire Inspector III, Fire Department
- Angela Horn, Executive Assistant I, Public Works
- Ashraf Kaboudan, Lieutenant, Police Department
- Colleen Stuart, Sergeant, Police Department
- Cindy White, Human Resources Specialist III, Human Resources (Chairperson)
- David Banks, Public Education Officer III, Fire Department
- Jacque Russell, Director, Human Resources Department
- Keya Downing, Office Specialist, City Clerk’s Office
- Lindy Brewer, Legal Specialist II, Legal Department
- Loreena Munoz, Office Specialist, Financial Services
- Melissa Tofte, Property Maintenance Inspector II, Code Compliance Unit
- Mike Ogden, Carpenter, Building and General Services
- Monique Glaude, Executive Assistant II, City Manager’s Office
- Tim Paris, Planner II, Planning Department
- Warren Woodruff, Rehabilitation Specialist III, Housing and Neighborhood Development
Diversity Committee’s Strategic Plan
- To provide City employees with educational training opportunities to enhance their awareness of socioeconomic, cultural, generational, and diversity issues.
- To raise awareness of diversity-related community events through the posting of events and the links to various websites.
- To collaborate with the Human Relations Commission on public education and outreach activities.
- The level of community participation will be measured by the attendance count and the evaluation feedback received. An online customer satisfaction survey will be developed to assess their satisfaction level.
- The employee participation and satisfaction level will be measured by reviewing the feedback received through written evaluation forms.
- The total number of individual visits to the diversity website and calendar will be tracked to measure the effectiveness of reaching individuals.
Diversity Events Calendar
The Diversity Events Calendar provides a one-stop, informational location for employees and the public to learn about City-sponsored and diversity-related community events. Please click on the following link to access the Diversity Calendar: http://www.topeka.org/humanresources/DiversityCalendar.shtml. Employees and citizens are Encouraged to submit diversity activities or historical events for posting on the Diversity Calendar to Cindy White by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Cindy at (785) 368-3769. The City reserves the right to review, approve, or disapprove all submissions for appropriate language and content.
- 2012 Employee Appreciation/Diversity Day
- 2011 Employee Appreciation/Diversity Day
- 2011 Stand Against Racism
- 2010 Employee Appreciation/Diversity Day
- 2010/2009 Stand Against Racism
Diversity Website Resources: