Diversity Advisory Council

Every employee's unique perspective helps to shape the culture of the City of Roanoke as an organization. Each individual's unique gifts and talents enhance the public service experience of our citizens and coworkers.

The purpose of the council is to communicate the importance of diversity, to act as diversity champions, to review and implement best practices, and to identify the needs of customer/citizen groups.

Setting Up Success
The success of any organization is contingent upon a workplace where employees are encouraged to serve, appreciate, respect, and value the variety of differences that exist in a shared community. Towards this end, the Diversity Advisory Council was formed of employees who volunteered to develop and implement strategies to embed inclusion into our culture and core values and to serve as inclusion champions for the organization. This council:
  • Promotes an environment where each individual member of a diverse workforce feels valued
  • Develops workers to his or her working potential
  • Contributes to the organization's success
As an organization, the City of Roanoke is committed to fostering a culture where the best people want to work, grow, and excel. In 2006, city administration formed a Diversity Advisory Council of employees who have volunteered to develop and implement strategies to embed inclusion into our culture.

Members of this council actively seek to promote diversity in order to elevate the performance of the organization by respecting, celebrating, and embracing the collective mixture of differences and similarities of employees.

The council identifies opportunities to provide employees with an understanding that moves beyond diversity awareness to what it means to incorporate personal behaviors and performance which demonstrates an inclusive culture. As champions for diversity, the council seeks to influence departmental behaviors and performance to sustain an inclusive work environment. The Diversity Advisory Council complements and works in harmony with various organizational initiatives. All of these efforts are dedicated to better serving the needs of our increasingly diverse workplace and citizenry.