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Office of Diversity & Equity 

The City of Sacramento’s Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE) was created in July 2018. ODE is committed to leading efforts to build a more representative, equitable and inclusive City of Sacramento.

How We Are Organized

ODE currently has one full-time manager. The ODE is a member of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), an organization of approximately a dozen governments that are working to eliminate racial inequities in government. Current priorities include building the diversity, equity and inclusion capacity of City staff and infrastructure and achieving workforce equity through a racial equity lens.


ODE’s mission is to move forward with urgency and purpose with the creation, implementation and maintenance of a more equitable and inclusive City of Sacramento by facilitating the integration of greater representation, fairness, belonging and care into our policies, protocols, practices and work-places.

The overall goal is to work closely with all City departments and offices to ensure that support for diversity, equity, and inclusion is integrated into decision making, planning and implementation throughout all structures, services, policies, practices and procedures.

Guiding Frameworks

There are two frameworks that will help guide this work:

The Global Diversity Equity Inclusion Benchmark Model. Learn more about the GDEIB Model.

GARE’s Racial Equity Analysis embeds results-based measures in decision making within local governments for racial equitable outcomes. This strategic direction will guide the five-year Race & Gender Equity Action Plan (2020-2025).

Learn more about the Government Alliance on Race and Equity.


Several key definitions help guide this work:


Each person has layers of diversity that make his/her/their perspective unique. The City of Sacramento defines diversity as the variety of human differences and similarities among people, such as: age, belief system, class/caste, culture, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, generation, geography, job role and function, language, marital status, mental health, nationality, native or indigenous origins, parental status, personality type, race, religion, sexual orientation, thinking style, work experience and work style.

(Adopted from the Global Diversity Equity Inclusion Benchmark model)


This is an active state of being valued, respected and supported. Inclusion focuses on the needs of every individual and ensures the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential. Inclusion should be reflected in an organization’s culture, practices and relationships, which are in place to support a diverse workforce. The City of Sacramento’s definition of inclusion draws from the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmark model, which defines the word as a dynamic state of operating in which diversity is leveraged to create a fair, healthy and high-performing organization and/or community.

An inclusive environment ensures equitable access to resources and opportunities for all. It also enables individuals and groups to feel safe, respected, engaged, motivated, and valued for who they are and for their contributions toward organizational and societal goals.

(Adopted from the Global Diversity Equity Inclusion Benchmark model)


The City of Sacramento’s definition of racial equity is adapted from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity’s definition. Regardless of one’s identity, equity is when all people have just treatment, access to opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full potential while identifying and eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.

(Adapted from the Government Alliance on Race & Equity definition of racial equality)

Racial Equity Statement

The City of Sacramento affirms racial equity as a core value in which race does not affect life outcomes. We acknowledge historical racial inequities and are committed to transparent, deliberate and actionable solutions that will remedy those inequities and serve all our diverse communities.

(Adopted on Feb. 8, 2019, the City of Sacramento GARE cohort)


Areas of Priority


(Completed in May 2019) -- From December 2018 through May 2019, 12 staff leaders from the City of Sacramento completed the GARE’s Northern California learning cohort to build capacity and strategic planning that embeds racial equity in decision making and outcomes. From June through November 2019, the learning cohort continued to meet to draft a five-year equity action plan.


(Completed in January 2020) - Race & Gender Equity Action Plan (2020-2025) serves a living road map to guide the work of all City departments and offices to organize and operationalize a racial equity lens to cultivate a City workforce that is more reflective of the community we serve.


(Completed in January 2020) - Pilot an Equity & Inclusion Leadership Series

Developed in direct collaboration with the City of Sacramento’s Human Resources Department Organizational Development Team, this training initiative offers a variety of learning and training opportunities through the calendar year for City Staff that includes D&Iogues, 5 Approaches to Diversity & Inclusion, Performance Management, Gender Bias Training, Gender Sexuality Awareness Training, and 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge.

Call for Coordinated Citywide Action

The City of Sacramento is committed to becoming a more diverse and equitable organization in assessing, evaluating, and building infrastructure, operations, policy, and programs that establish systemic capacity and results in workforce equity. The City’s Race & Gender Equity Action Plan (RGEAP) calls for a coordinated and collective response to the following overarching goals for the City of Sacramento:

  • Increasing employment, retention and promotion of people of color and women.
  • Improving communication -- internally and externally -- regarding outreach, recruitment and hiring processes.
  • Providing best-practices resources to managers who hire to increase equity.
  • Creating new partnerships and collaborations both internal and external to move workforce equity forward. 

The Race & Gender Equity Action Plan 2020-2025 (RGEAP)

The 14 recommended outcomes and action in the Race & Gender Equity Action Plan are intended to inspire accountable action to advance workforce equity. We are inviting all city staff to review and provide additional feedback as they develop action strategies and monitor their impact.

Normalizing and operationalizing these outcomes and actions requires different levels of effort and timespans. Some recommended goals may be accomplished by relatively simple administrative changes. However, most outcomes will require all departments to identify capacity gaps, learn equity-centered practices, leverage resources and engage in change management processes to achieve systemic change.

Find the full Race & Gender Equity Action Plan as well of an overview of the RGEAP.

Additional Resources:

City of Sacramento Workforce Diversity and Salary Trend Audit Report 2020

City of Sacramento 2021 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Survey Results

City of Sacramento Diversity Review of City Employment Applications, Hires, and Separations July 2018 – January 2021

Diversity Dashboard – Office of Auditor

City of Sacramento Human Resource Campaign Municipal Equality Index (MEI)

2019 Ethnicity & Gender Report and Presentation at City Council 04/09/2020

2020 Race Forward and City of Sacramento Office of Diversity & Equity Presentation at Law and Legislation Committee 09/15/2020

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