The City of Topeka’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Office was established and opened its doors in January 2023. The DEI Office is responsible for the development, implementation, and incorporation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies throughout all aspects of the City.
The DEI Office is committed to achieving equal treatment, diversity and inclusion of the individuals it employs. The office is committed to ensuring we do not discriminate against anyone based on their age, color, disability, familial status, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other factor protected by law (“protected class”). This applies to all personnel actions and procedures including compensation and other benefits, as well as when recruiting, hiring, training, transferring, and promoting employees.
The distinction between Equity and Equality is a vital piece in the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Office’s role in understanding, addressing, and dismantling inequities faced by marginalized communities, lower-income neighborhoods, and hiring processes.
- Develop a vision consistent with our purpose to power an inclusive future for all, and executing that vision.
- Establish data-driven performance indicators and progress benchmarks to ensure accountability towards equitable delivery of city programs and services.
- Forge strategic alliances within the organization and in the community to further established diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
- Hiring - Intensify efforts to recruit applicants within a protected class for every level of responsibility
- Training - Develop training programs for qualifying persons within a protected class for beginning level positions and for advancement
- Operations - Develop procedures for monitoring the application flow, hiring process and disposition of persons within a protected class